Pandemic job postings more likely to result in hires

Friday, September 18, 2020, Vol. 44, No. 38

Many people are nervous about searching for a job right now. The market feels completely unstable.

If you have a job, this doesn’t feel like the time to take a risk to switch. This is a solid argument, but I would encourage you to keep your eyes open. There are companies hiring and onboarding new employees during the pandemic.

Not all companies are actively hiring, of course, and definitely not for every sort of job. But many organizations have found that their workers can be productive from home. And, let’s face it, they need to keep running in order to stay afloat. The pandemic hasn’t completely stopped hiring.

If you search online, you’ll likely find fewer jobs posted. But it’s arguable that the jobs posted are more serious than those in the past.

You’ve probably come across a posting before for a company that isn’t completely sure it wants to hire someone. But they’re interviewing anyway to see what’s out there.

Companies are less likely to do that today. It’s too hard. Companies aren’t going to waste their time or yours unless they really are interested to find someone.

If you want to look for a job and see something interesting, apply. With all the working from home you’re doing, interviewing will be less of a challenge. You’re not going to have to sneak out to take a phone call or to do a Zoom interview.

Companies are being more flexible right now about location, too. They are more open to the idea of hiring out-of-town candidates. Some companies are now open to you working from home indefinitely.

In the event that you make it to the offer stage, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: You need to research the company, twice as much as you ever would have before.

And research the industry the company is in. Some industries have been hit harder than others.

Researching the company can help you can learn how they are holding up in the face of the pandemic. Study their financials if you can find them online. Watch their stock price. Read about them in the news. This information will help you to make a decision.

Years ago, I interviewed at a very nice company that (once I did my homework) appeared to be financially unstable. This year, it closed their doors. I would not have known had I not researched them.

Bottom line: If you want to look, look. Worst-case scenario, you turn down a job offer.

But if you have been thinking of looking, don’t assume companies aren’t hiring. Many are, despite everything going on.

But, be sure to do your homework so your decision will be low-risk and based on solid research.

Angela Copeland, a career expert and founder of Copeland Coaching, can be reached at