QUESTION: Seems like no one is hiring right now. Should I still bother to send out my resume or wait for the coronavirus outbreak to subside?

Kelli Long, KG Workforce Solutions

Yes, absolutely. Employers are still hiring and those who are not, are pipelining candidates for anticipated positions. Leverage your network as much as possible to supplement your online applications. Networking will play a big role in getting ahead of other job seekers right now. Pack your perseverance, get creative, and leverage your contacts – don’t give up.

Mary Jo King, Alliance Résumé & Writing Service

Absolutely yes, you should continue to pursue your career goals. Employers are still hiring for “normal” positions, even if the way we work together is changing. If your industry is temporarily dormant, you can lay the groundwork for the time when things rev up. Remember, most jobs never get advertised ANYwhere, so this is a great time to build and work your “hot list” of target employers.

Frank Grossman, Resumes That Shine

Essential industries such as healthcare, groceries, and logistics are hiring. Hospitals in your area may even be desperate for workers. Apply if you are qualified and comfortable working under current conditions. If not, continue your remote networking, and application processes so you can be first in line when things open up.

Kelly Donovan, Kelly Donovan & Associates

Hiring is not stopping completely due to the pandemic, although there will be delays and inconveniences in the hiring process, and some openings will be put on hold until after things calm down. Continuing to job hunt will give you the best chance of success. You might land quickly–but even if you don’t, you’ll be planting seeds that will sprout when the outbreak subsides.

Donna Tucker, CareerPRO Resume Center

This is the time to tap into that mysterious “hidden job market.” Some companies ARE hiring, but many aren’t advertising those positions—they don’t have to. Now, company recruiters will go to their best people and ask for referrals. They know there’s good talent out there—like YOU—just waiting for an opportunity to interview. So network—if not in person, through LinkedIn. Cultivate those contacts!

Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert LLC

Google “Companies hiring coronavirus” and you will discover that many companies actually ARE hiring now due to an increase in demand for the services they offer. While the competition for these jobs might be high, it’s definitely worth continuing your search. Make sure your resume is ATS compatible and keyword optimized for each role!

Alexia Scott, A Winning Resume, LLC

You’ll never really know if a company is hiring, until they hire you! Additionally, if you conduct a passive search (only responding to posted openings), you may miss the best opportunities, because most openings are never actually advertised. Use your extra time and your best resources–LinkedIn, networking, contacts you have within great companies–to be proactive with your career goals.

Meg Applegate, Hinge Resume Collaborative

Don’t wait to apply for positions. Use your shelter-in-place time to clarify your target roles and companies of interest. Then, network strategically. Research still holds that 70-80% of people land jobs through referrals and networking. So use this time to cultivate relationships with key decision-makers so you are top of mind when they are filling positions or new roles become available.

Jessica Visek

You need to remain proactive in these uncertain times. It might seem like companies are freezing their hiring, but that is not the case. As a job seeker, it is crucial to stay one step ahead of your competitors. Please continue to send out your targeted resumes and make sure your LI profile is up to date and fully optimized.

Kyle Elliott,

When in doubt, apply! While the job market has undoubtedly changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, still submit your resume when you see an opening. Many companies are actively interviewing and hiring right now. Some companies have even ramped up hiring. And for those companies that are not hiring right now, you want to be at the top of the list when they ramp up post-pandemic.

Tammy Shoup, Breakthrough Resume Writing Service

It may seem like a terrible time to conduct a job search but halting your search could cause you to lose out on prime opportunities. Many companies are still hiring and those that aren’t will again ramp up when the outbreak subsides. Keep your search moving forward: apply to positions that resonate with your career goals, skills, qualifications, and experience and work your network to source leads

Michele (McCann) Kelley, CareerPro, Inc.

Companies are looking for, and interviewing their preferred candidates NOW for hiring when COVID restrictions start to loosen.. Leadership teams have adjusted their priorities, have severed people, and are looking for YOU to fulfill a revised role. Hiring can take weeks or months. Your competition is already applying for the jobs you want. Don’t delay. Be vigilant. Create a new pathway forward.

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