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Students and Graduates: Looking for job opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic

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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If you’re feeling worried about your job prospects during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone.  The reality today is that not all businesses are operating as usual and circumstances are constantly changing and evolving. Here are some tips to help you identify action steps to reach your career goals – to give you hope to move forward, even in uncertain times.

Whether you are a new grad looking for your first job after graduation or a current student looking for part-time or summer work, it’s important to look for opportunities and possibilities.

Here are a few ideas of ways to work toward your employment goals:

·         Explore opportunities: Some employers desperately need to hire to keep up with the new demand that the pandemic has created. “Essential services” such as pharmacies, grocery stores and food delivery have boosted recruitment.  Online learning providers, digital entertainment and streaming service companies, tech companies, and companies that provide products or support remote work capabilities and are uniquely set up to succeed in today’s environment.  These employers are using job boards, social media and have Help Wanted signs posted on their doors to attract applicants, so keep your eyes and ears open.

·         Adjust your expectations: Consider a different role or industry than for which you had initially planned. Explore how different jobs will help you build transferrable skills that are highly sought after by employers across all industries.

·         Network: Update your LinkedIn profile, and consider using social media such as Instagram and LinkedIn or Twitter to connect with employers or learn more about opportunities. Attend a job search or LinkedIn workshop to learn how (see the YWCA Saskatoon Employment and Learning Centre as an example). Note of caution: Be mindful that everyone has different demands and priorities, so be sure to respect people’s time and boundaries.

·         Polish your resume, cover letter writing, and interview skills: Become a pro at writing tailored resumés and cover letters and know the skills required to be successful when you land that interview. Attend a Career Services online workshop.

·         Continue to apply and interview for jobs: If you don’t apply for the job, you have zero chance of getting it! Be sure you think critically about the opportunities you find online.

·         Stay organized and record your progress: Keep a record of all the work you do, continue to update your resume with new skills and experiences, and save all the job postings you find. This will help you to be prepared when you finally land that interview and see what you have accomplished along the way.

Job search is hard work, there’s no denying it, especially right now.  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 Lindsey Hiebert, Maria Dielmann and Trevor Lehmann, Career Consultants at Career Services, from The University of Manitoba at: https://news.umanitoba.ca/job-search-during-covid-19/