How to Use Indeed to Job Search During COVID-19April 13, 2020
At this time, your job may have been affected by the impact of COVID-19. Our mission at Indeed is to help people get jobs. We continuously update jobs and work directly with employers around the world. If you're looking for jobs, you may be considering the best ways to go about finding the right jobs in the current economy. In this article, we'll discuss ways you can use Indeed to get answers to those questions, find jobs and get hired.
Finding jobs with Indeed Job Search
Experiencing job loss is one of the top five most stressful events in a person's life. Along with taking actions to protect your health and that of your loved ones, right now can be a difficult and confusing time to look for a job. There are, however, several simple steps you can take to empower yourself towards finding and getting a job:
1. Perform a self-assessment
If you've lost your job, start by filing for unemployment benefits as soon as possible.
Take some time to consider your current situation. If your last job was in an industry impacted by COVID-19, such as travel or hospitality, you may need to widen your search to other jobs and industries to find a job more quickly. Consider the transferable skills and experience you gained in those jobs that could be translated to other similar positions. For example, a flight attendant is required to:
- Be highly adaptable
- Remain calm and prepared for emergency situations
- Have excellent communication skills
Have excellent customer service skills
Those skills may be well-suited to jobs in customer service, sales or healthcare. Consider what other jobs may also require the skills you've built so far in your career.
2. Browse available careers
After you've identified your transferable skills, qualities and experiences, take some time to browse for currently-available jobs on Indeed that may be good options for you. In the "what" field, try using keywords related to your soft and hard skills such as "customer service" or "social media." In the "where" field, you might either type the location where you're looking for jobs, or use words like "remote" or "work from home" in that field.
You should also consider emerging job opportunities as COVID-19 continues to affect how businesses operate across the country. For example, many cities need "essential" personnel such as grocery clerks, healthcare professionals, food and grocery delivery professionals and more.
If helpful, you might consider creating a free Indeed account to save jobs and track your application status. Downloading the Indeed app and the Indeed for Chrome extension may also make saving, applying for and tracking jobs more convenient.
3. Narrow your search
Once you've got a good idea of available jobs that may be a good fit with your background, narrow your search by looking for more specific job titles as opposed to keywords. You can filter your job search on the search results page either by using the left-hand filtering panel or by clicking "Advanced Job Search" next to the "Find Jobs" button. With either of these functions, you can filter your results by job type (full- or part-time, contract, etc.), salary, company, location and more.
Create Job Alerts to get email updates about new jobs that fit your criteria. You can manage the frequency and criteria of your Job Alerts through your Indeed account.
4. Update and upload your resume
When you're ready to start applying, it is best to tailor your resume to each job you apply for. This is a good opportunity to highlight each of the transferable skills you have as it relates to the needs of each employer. Remember to review the job description and use relevant keywords in your resume. For example, if the job description lists that the candidate should have at least five years of customer service experience and that is true for you, put it in an easily identifiable place, like your resume summary at the top of the page.
If you are applying for a new job title or industry, you might try using a functional or skills-based resume template, which prioritises relevant skills instead of related professional experience. Once you've updated your resume, upload it to your Indeed account to easily apply for jobs. Set it to "public" to allow employers to contact you about available jobs that might be a good fit for your background.
Add your resume to Indeed so employers can contact you when your profile matches a job they're trying to fill.
Tips for job searching during COVID-19
As you begin searching, applying and interviewing for jobs, here are a few best practice to keep in mind:
Keep up your momentum. Searching and applying for jobs can be a full-time commitment, so keep up your momentum by dedicating time to your search on a daily basis. It is best to set a daily or weekly application goal for yourself. Once you reach your goal, reward yourself in small ways such as reading a chapter in your favorite book, watching an episode of TV or doing an exercise video.
Be patient. Just as you are trying to get answers to make the best decisions for yourself and your family during this time, so are employers. As such, they may be slow to respond or may not respond at all. If you're not hearing back keep applying for new opportunities and follow up when possible.
Keep your job search toolkit updated. As you search, make sure your resume, cover letter and online profiles are up to date. Tailor your resume and cover letter for each job and consistently re-assess whether you are applying for jobs that are a good fit for your background and experience level.
Take advantage of COVID-19 job resources. Many organisations, state governments and nonprofits are developing free resources for people whose job has been affected by COVID-19, such as virtual career coaching.