Job seekers and recruiters have had to make adjustments to the hiring process due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
In April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal industry lost 64,000 jobs. However, as job interviews and professional networking continue to evolve, the legal industry has begun to rebound.
COVID-19’s economic impacts continue to present a changing marketplace for recent law school graduates and those seeking legal staff positions. However, there is some good news. New jobs were added for a solid six months (June to November), including a 208,000 increase in October.
At Strategic Recruitment Solutions, we are here to help you navigate the new job-seeking landscape. Here are some job searching tips we would like to share with you:
Prepare for your virtual job interview
The increase of virtual interviews resulting from social distancing guidelines also serves as an indication of how the hiring process is evolving.
A national Human Resource survey revealed that 86 percent of employers conducted virtual interviews to hire job candidates during the coronavirus pandemic. Considering that the virtual interview is here to stay, job seekers should approach communicating their professionalism, experience, and willingness to fit into the company culture into a remote interview format.
Our advice is to be sure you make a great first impression via video conference. Develop anecdotal stories that represent your experience instead of a dry recitation of your qualifications.
Sharpen your job skills
With the lack of in-person events, there has been an increase in virtual events. Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn provide numerous opportunities to either attend upcoming virtual events at a discount or free of charge. Time in isolation doesn’t have to be isolated time.
Our advice is to use this time to take advantage of meeting new people and the opportunity to sharpen your skills.
Reconnect with colleagues
Facebook reported in March that messaging on Instagram, Facebook, and Whatsapp have increased 50 percent due to more people engaging on social media due to the pandemic.
Our advice is to use this opportunity to reconnect with other professionals in your field and keep up to date with the legal industry. As more people engage on social media due to the pandemic, now is a great time to ask for references.
Help from SRS
Before taking on a job hunt alone, contact SRS for a free resume review. You can also browse our Jobs and Career Listings to see a growing list of opportunities in your field.
Strategic Recruitment Solutions has been matching top companies with top talent in the Gulf Region for more than a decade. We specialize in Legal and IT recruiting. Also, our industry-expert recruiters can offer insight and guidance. Call us today at 888-366-6508 to learn how easy partnering with SRS can help you reach your career goals.