As the coronavirus pandemic continues to create temporary shut-downs across the globe, remote work has never been more necessary or sought after. Finding a job remotely can be stressful, but our hiring experts would like to ease your mind and offer some great advice as you weather this unique situation and hiring climate.
Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, shares, “There are almost always part-time, work from home jobs in several fields, especially Customer Service and IT. I would recommend doing research online as well as visiting your school’s career center website. They should have tools and resources available for you to help in your job search. There are also virtual career fairs that you can attend to help you find employment.” More from Ashley
Avoiding Remote Job Scams
Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of the situation we currently face economically and try to exploit job seekers. Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, shares, “Working remotely has it's pros and cons. Make sure that if you take a remote job you have a dedicated workspace in your home. Many outside sales positions have work from home positions because usually you would do a lot of traveling. It’s the same with customer service roles - but you'll be on the phone the majority of the day. Reach out to the companies hiring and see what their flexibility or remote work is like. Many companies offer telecommuting as an option. You can be in the office when it’s appropriate but also work remotely when needed. If someone or some company promises you a work from home role that sounds too good to be true, it could be a scam. Often, employees work for a company in an office for some time before being able to work from home.” More from Kate
Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., suggests, “When you see a remote position posted, you should take the time to do as much research as you can about the opportunity and look for red flags. Start researching the company - does the type of business align with one that would have remote opportunities? A high-tech role that would be done primarily by yourself and on a computer may be legitimate. On the other hand, a job in the manufacturing industry may be less likely to offer remote work. Once you have investigated the company, consider the application process - are they looking for information you would normally supply on an application or resume or are they looking for information that is out of the ordinary for a job application, such as your social security number? If the application seems legitimate and the company reaches out to you, what steps are they taking to determine if you are a good fit?
“Companies are moving to use more technology in their hiring process - so additional questions or electronic communication prior to a first phone call may not be a cause for concern. However, if you receive an offer without any direct contact from a company representative, I would be concerned. If you get to the point where you are ready to accept an offer, be mindful of the information they ask for in the onboarding - at this point a company will need additional information from you such as your social security number and other documents to verify your identity and right to work. A legitimate company will never ask you to send them a payment to begin the new role. All in all, you need to be cautious, ask questions and make sure the employer is looking for information that would be appropriate at each stage in the hiring process.” More from Sara
If You End Up With An Unemployment Gap
These are unprecedented times in the workplace. If you’re worried about a gap in your resume that might result from the current economic climate, Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, shares some comforting words. He says, “Employers are used to seeing employment gaps on resumes for various reasons such as uncertain economic times. If you find yourself in that situation and feel that your employment gaps are very noticeable on your resume, use your cover letter to explain your situation. In addition, in your resume, highlight other activities you were involved in during the gap where you were able to apply or grow relevant skills, such as volunteer work, community involvement, training, etc.” More from Siobhan
There is a unique market right now for job seekers and that means that there is a unique opportunity for finding a job that’s a great fit for your skills and goals. Don’t be afraid to reach out to our hiring experts or to the career center at your school as you navigate this season. We’re on your team and happy to be part of your journey on your way to happily hired.