TUCSON, Ariz. - KGUN9 On Your Side is working to help you rebound from coronavirus and be better off than before. That can mean searching for a better job---but your first job could be learning how to do well in a job application process the virus has changed.
A lot of us have had to teach ourselves how to video conference and if you’re not comfortable with something like that, you’d better get comfortable because there’s an excellent chance it is how you’ll do job interviews now.
Applying for a job was already changing before social distancing made it even less likely you’ll have an in-person interview for the first parts of the process.
Now because of social distancing Pima County’s One Stop Job Center is offering virtual classes to help you succeed in the new ways to apply.
Dan Sullivan of One Stop says the first lesson is how to keep the shock of a layoff from holding you back.
“It's about how to get through the stress of this time, because people are under a lot of pressure, just just with a layoff, but a layoff in these times is even more so. So it's really about how to decompress your stress.
The on-line learning covers other issues you’d usually learn in person, like how to write a resume that contains the right keywords---the ones computers screen for to decide who gets to interview with a real human.
Sullivan says, “You want to make sure that you're closely matching your resume and cover letter with the skills described in the minimum qualifications and often the preferred qualifications.”
More advice for job hunting includes cleaning up what you post on social media. It can make an impression, but maybe not the impression that’ll clinch a new job.
For contact information on how to sign up for the free virtual job skills class follow this link to Pima County One Stop or call the Dislocated Worker Hotline at 520-724-5735