Why It’s a Bad Idea to Wait to Search for a Job Until the Crisis Passes

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The coronavirus crisis has brought about many unforeseen turns for people’s careers.Many individuals who felt they had job security have been rattled by layoffs and furloughs, while other have faced rescinded job offers. Meanwhile those who were already in the job market are now working with job boards that look drastically different. While it can be tempting to wait until the crisis passes to search for a job, recruiters agree that this isn’t the best approach for most.

Below are some of the most common reasons people are delaying the job search and why it might not be the best option for them.

“Well, nobody is hiring right now. Why look?”

While many organizations have paused hiring, that’s not true of all of them. Some industries, such as telecommunications, healthcare, and transportation, have even seen an increase in demand. Keep in mind that these organizations don’t just need to hire engineers, nurses, and drivers. In order to meet increased demand, they need administrative positions, call center staff, and more.

How to Approach the Job Search: Talk to a recruiter to learn more about what kind of roles are currently available in your area. Not only will they be able to give you insight based on your location, but they will also take into account your current qualifications.

“I was open to leaving my job, but now I’m thinking I should stick it out until the crisis passes.”

If you’re unhappy at your job, it’s not necessarily a wise decision to wait. We wouldn’t suggest you quit right now in hopes of landing a better job by tomorrow. However, be open to opportunities as they come along. Accepting a role within an industry that is doing well at the moment could actually lead to better job security throughout the duration of the crisis.

How to Approach the Job Search: Let recruiters know you’re open to new roles, but be prepared with a concrete list of what you’re looking for (such as an industry switch or a higher salary).

“Won’t more companies be hiring after the crisis?”

While more companies are likely to be hiring after the crisis, it’s difficult to predict when (or if) the number of hires will return to previous levels. Some organizations might continue operating with a leaner staff for years. Instead of waiting until the crisis passes, get a head start on the competition. Show organizations that you are passionate and resilient even in the face of adversity. Candidates who remain professional and committed to their careers during a crisis will impress hiring managers and supervisors.

How to Approach the Job Search: Talk to a recruiter about potential roles for you. It’s okay to take on temporary roles while you continue searching for your dream job. They will not only give your income a boost, but also help you avoid long unemployment gaps on your resume.

For more tools on how to handle the job search, check out our recent blog post on 5 Tips to Rock the Virtual Job Interview and Ways to Stay Positive in Times of Adversity.