The job market has become more competitive and unpredictable during the COVID-19 pandemic – but the keys to landing a job that’s right for you haven’t changed. In this episode of the Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast, host Ahyiana Angel talks with Lauren Herring, CEO of Impact Group and author of Take Control of Your Job Search: 10 Emotions You Must Master to Land the Job. Drawing from her two decades of experience in career coaching, Herring offers fresh and valuable insights into job searching, and how to manage your emotions throughout – even during a crisis.
Assert control over the job search process.
Take control of your career by making plans for it on a regular basis, such as annually and quarterly. Decide on the steps you need to take to get what you want and how to make them happen. The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to pause and consider your long- and short-term career priorities.
Once you’ve decided where you would like to work, keep in touch with the human resources departments and hiring managers at those organizations. When you have a specific job in mind, find out the name of the hiring manager and make sure that person sees your resume.
Approach interviews with the aim of making yourself the most desirable candidate. Prepare for the interview by making sure you align with the organization and its values, and that you understand the role and can demonstrate competence. Be ready to connect with the interviewer to let them see that you’ll fit into the organization. And go beyond passively interviewing with just the people the company has arranged for you to talk to – reach out to other people at the organization to learn more about the company’s values and whether they take them seriously.
The Switch, Pivot or Quit podcast examines topics that help women navigate career transitions. Host Ahyiana Angel successfully switched careers from a sports entertainment publicist to a published author. Lauren Herring is CEO of Impact Group and author of Take Control of Your Job Search: 10 Emotions You Must Master to Land the Job.