Experts give tips on how to land quality job amid COVID-19 pandemic | The Rebound Tampa Bay

Posted at 2:09 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 03:16:53-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Searching for a job during a global pandemic is one thing, but finding the right job during COVID-19 has its own challenges.

ABC Action News spoke with a staffing firm, Robert Half, to learn how to find a quality job when there are so many companies hiring.

“The good news is we are seeing a good uptick in the market,” Chad Leibundguth, the Tampa Director for Robert Half said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the market is looking better.

In April, there were 4.6 people for every job opening in April but the number of unemployed has dropped to just three people per job opening in the United States.

While still high, the unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent in July.

“For those that are in the market, there are more opportunities for them to consider,” Leibundguth said.

From Amazon to Instacart, big companies are hiring tens of thousands of employees around the country.

ABC Action News spoke with one woman who hasn’t had luck quite yet.

“I get nope, nope, nope,” Caitie Bowden said.

Bowden said she’s been applying but has yet to receive an interview or even a call.

According to Robert Half, doing more homework of where you are applying can help if you’re also in an application slump.

“What the role is, what the culture is what the opportunity is for you to advance personally and professionally,” Leibundguth says.

He said there is actually a shortage of qualified applicants for many higher-quality jobs with good pay and benefits.

Robert Half offers these tips:

  • List all relevant experience and skills
  • Tailor resumes to each job application
  • Be ready for technology and/or remote work
  • Do not spray resume to job market, rather be selective

“I think you want to put yourself out there enough and in a best-case scenario, you have multiple offers to consider,” Leibundguth said.