The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people unemployed and searching for new jobs. Finding a job is always challenging, but doing so entirely from home can feel even harder. That’s why we put together a live event all about searching for a job, interviewing, and starting a job remotely.
Here at Codecademy, we’re passionate about helping people learn the skills they need to advance at work — and even start new careers. With so many people out of work due to COVID-19, we’re doing what we can to help. In addition to this event, we also recently launched a program to provide a coding education to up to 100,000 impacted workers. Learn more about that program here.
If you’re currently searching for a job from home — or thinking about looking — check out the full recording of our Interviewing From Home event.
Hosted by Codecademy community manager Alyssa Vigil, this Learn From Home Series event features members of the Codecademy People Team, diving into tips for searching for a job, interviewing for a job, and starting a new job from home. Plus, we meet some Codecademy community members who share their own experiences with working from home.
Read on for a rundown of just some of the wonderful tips shared in our live event.
Preparing to Find a Job Online
Codecademy VP of People, Randal Vegter, opened the event with a keynote. Then, Senior Technical Recruiter Madison Olson and Technical Recruiter Mia Biscaia kicked things off with a look at how to prepare to find a job online. Starting around the 16-minute mark, Madison and Mia share tips for getting ready to look for a job online.
Step 1: Prepare your resume
Before you start applying, make sure your resume is up to date. Be sure to include the following items, focusing on experience that shows why you’re a good fit for the job you’re applying for.
Try to keep your resume to one page. As for the font, don’t go too small. You want to make sure your resume is clear and easy to read.
Step 2: Prepare your LinkedIn
LinkedIn can serve as a nice supplement to your resume. More and more recruiters are visiting LinkedIn in addition to your resume, and some are even using it as a replacement for your resume.
Plus, having an updated LinkedIn profile makes you more discoverable. This means it’ll be more likely that recruiters or hiring managers will find you when searching on LinkedIn for candidates for roles they’re working on.
Here’s a quick checklist for LinkedIn:
Searching for jobs online
Ready to look for jobs but not sure where to start? In this section, we’ll dive into where to look for jobs, as well as share some tips that’ll help you make your job search more effective.
Where to look for jobs online
Here are a few places to start looking for listings:
How to look for jobs online
Here are a few tips that can help you make the most of your online job search:
Interviewing From Home
Jeffrey Wolfson, our Director of Talent Acquisition, and Senior Technical Recruiter Emma Loftus, shared tips for interviewing from home in a segment starting around the 51-minute mark. They provide some great tips for interviewing in general. Plus, some tips for adjusting to online interviews specifically.
If you haven’t interviewed before, you can likely expect a few different rounds of conversations. Different companies do things different ways, but a pretty typical process includes a phone screening by a recruiter and then by the hiring manager, followed by a series of “in person” interviews. These in person interviews are now likely to be conducted over Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, or another video conferencing platform.
Preparing for your interview
Before the interview, you’ll want to be sure you’re prepared. Jeff and Emma shared some dos and don’ts.
Virtual interview tips
A virtual interview can come with its own unique set of challenges, so the following tips can help set you up for success:
Starting a New Job Online
Getting set up: Before you start
Getting started: First few days
Getting settled: First few weeks
Have you interviewed or started a job from home? We’d love to hear about your experience. Drop a comment below!
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