With so many aspects beyond individual control, students are advised for the present to focus on maintaining a positive mindset and on what can be controlled.  Don’t abandon the dream job, but devise a Plan B and Plan C. Need some help? Schedule a virtual career planning appointment and/or consider using the tips below to get started on your search. 

In the News: Has COVID Changed Job Search? and The U.S.: An Employment Outlook Amid COVID

 

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GoinGlobal, a resource offered by the University Career Center, found the following soft skills to be in great demand:

  • Professionalism

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Flexibility/resilience

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Not surprisingly, the employment outlook is highest for jobs that are telework-friendly. Thus, the leisure and hospitality, retail, construction and transportation, and warehousing industries have seen the greatest downward trend in employment over the past year. Source

The most telework-friendly industries include the following:

  • Educational services

  • Professional services

  • Finance and insurance

  • Information

  • Wholesale trade

  • Real Estate

  • Public administration

GoinGlobal reports: Conditions can vary greatly at the state level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobless rates are higher than last year in nearly every major metro area. However, things are starting to improve in many areas. An analysis by WalletHub comparing the change in the number of unemployment insurance initial claims since the onset of COVID-19 to the present with the number of claims during the same time period last year, found that the labor markets of the following states have recovered the most so far:

  1. Oregon
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Jersey
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Vermont
  6. Illinois
  7. Iowa
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Arizona
  10. Wyoming

Source: WalletHub/U.S. Department of Labor

Most effective Search Strategies & Preparation Tips during COVID