Strategies and tips for job searching during a global pandemic

Strategies and tips for job searching during a global pandemic

Times are changing and the world has rapidly become a tough place. Unemployment is high, the market is more and more competitive, and candidates are more and more prepared. But you don’t have to settle for the first job you find.

We know that when things get hard, it is tempting to take a job even if there’s nothing more to it than a paycheck. And this is a valid option, but it is not the only option. And this is very important. As the saying goes, a crisis can be an opportunity.

So here are a few tips for you to up your game:

Ask yourself 3 questions: 

'What do I want to do?'

 It might not be the same thing you went to college for and that is ok. Find the career path that you are most passionate about and define a way to edify your professional expertise. 

'What industries are growing?'

Once you determine what you want to do, you need to check the statistics for that particular industry. Of course, there are industries in which finding a job is extremely hard, but maybe there is a particular job opening that you find appealing in an industry you have not considered before. For more information about industries experiencing growth or decline, you can check the Bureau of Labor Statistics

'Which company should I work for?'

Once you have answered these questions, it is time to determine which company is the best for you. To do this, there are 3 things you need to consider: which company represents your values and vision. Which company offers the best benefits package and which company has better career opportunities.

While trying to find a job, the best thing to do is to look for a company that you can relate to, that will make you feel comfortable. You are probably going to spend 40 hours per week there, so it better to be a place you feel is contributing to your growth not only monetarily, but also personally. And it is a company where you can envision yourself for many years, even better.

Do not let hard times take a toll on your career. If it is within your possibilities, take the time to find a job you love that will allow you to grow. Unemployment growth is scary, but if you keep your focus and build a network, you are most definitely going to find a job that you love. 

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Four jobs you can do from home:

If you are wondering what the best way is to earn money from home, then you are in the right place. The internet is full of websites that will promise a lot of things, but most of those aren’t true. We have curated a list of 5 legitimate jobs you can do from home and you can start right now.

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional looking to do some extra work, if you are a freelancer trying to build up a business or if you are looking to use your free time to make some extra cash, there is a job you can do from your home.

1-    Virtual Tutoring

You can sell your expertise or knowledge by tutoring. You can plan your subjects, schedule your work hours, share your knowledge and earn money. There are several websites to do this, such as Education First, VIPKid, and Chegg. They usually pay hourly set fees, depending on the tutors’ subject. Actually, Chegg claims that prolific tutors can make up to $1,000 per month.

2-    Pet Sitting

This is exactly as it sounds: you can earn money by looking after other people’s pets. One of the most popular pet sitting platforms is Rover, which is like an Airbnb of pet sitting. Also, Rover claims that some pet sitters can earn up to $1,000 per month.

3-    Freelance Editing

If you are grammatically correct, you can work as a freelance proofreader. You can use platforms like Upwork or Mediabistro to do a variety of jobs, like copy editing, proofreading, photo editor, and more.

4-    Software and game review

If you are a gamer, this is the option you are looking for. You can use your skills to test games and provide your insights for a company to improve it before its release. Part-time testers can earn up to $10,000 to $20,000 per year. Full-time testers can earn up to $50,000.

Options are almost limitless and many platforms will allow you to find a job that you can do from home. Take some time to explore which one is best for you!

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