Per the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Current Employee Statistics, now is an optimal time for job seekers to explore new opportunities: July 2021 job growth was widespread across industries, including gains in leisure and hospitality, public and private education, professional and business services, retail trade, and other services. However, as we continue to usher in a new era of “return-to-work,” many are still struggling with breaking out of long-term unemployment as a result of the pandemic. Moreover, the true number of individuals who have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks is likely an undercount.
With a large percentage of American workers considering new job opportunities, what are the best ways for those still looking to land a new role to stand out and get hired? As a CEO of a virtual events company, I offer a few pointers.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IN-PERSON NETWORKING WHEN POSSIBLE
A good strategy for finding new career opportunities is to take a hybrid approach to interviews. After attending a virtual or in-person event, you can make a stronger impact by connecting with recruiters in face-to face interviews. Ask about signing up for both in-person and Zoom interviews to make a social connection with recruiters and convey a sense of commitment.