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How Graduates Can Job Hunt During the Coronavirius Outbreak

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone, and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

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This graduation season will be more challenging than years prior.  Graduates will have the usual worries about putting together a résumé, building a LinkedIn profile, networking, and preparing an elevator pitch.

For individuals graduating this year, there is another level of concern. How can you interview when companies have asked their staff to work from home and there are only skeleton crews at the office? With the Covid-19 virus, people involved with the hiring process are not interested in face-to-face interviews. This will be one of the most challenging times to interview in recent memory.

Since in-person interviews are not happening, as a new graduate you will need a new game plan. The trend is leaning toward video and phone interviews. They both have their positives and drawbacks.

With phone interviews, you can’t see the interviewer or the office. You’ll miss out on social cues, which will tell you that they liked or disliked how you answered a question. Without seeing the office, you won’t gain a feel of the place, people, and culture.

Recent graduates may not feel as comfortable on the phone as Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers. You should practice conducting mock phone interviews. One of the benefits of a phone interview is that you can write notes and keep them in front of you while talking. It will keep you focused, on topic and offer assurance.

Video interviews offer a close resemblance to an in-person meeting. You may have conducted enough FaceTime or Zoom conversations that you’re more comfortable with this mode of interaction. It will be easy to fall back into an informal tone if that’s what you’re used to. Remember that this is an interview and you need to keep it professional.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare, or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

You can view the full original article by Jack Kelly at Forbes, at:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2020/03/10/how-recent-college-graduates-can-successfully-interview-in-a-covid-19-world/#14cb163221cd