The pandemic and remote work have brought about many changes in the job market and there are more Americans than ever looking for work. What does this mean for those of you trying to find a job?
Still with so many uncertainties about the future, recruiters are changing the interview process and questions they ask candidates. This is the one question anyone looking for employment should be prepared to answer:
What have you been working on during this time?
Whether you are currently employed or not, recruiters and hiring managers are looking for evidence of how you have been proactive and productive and not just sitting around doing nothing.
- Are you resilient? Did you give up or did you get up?
- Can you adapt to the changing environment? Can you handle stress?
- How have you been productive?
- Did you learn any new skills?
Did you volunteer?
- Did you work on any projects?
- What have you learned from this time in quarantine?
Be prepared to provide a thoughtful response to this question. If you don’t have anything to talk about now, get started with doing something.
- Freelance/project work
- Take a class
- Get social-professionally
- Network, network, network