Up to 64% of small businesses are struggling financially when things are normal.
Add in a global pandemic and that number skyrockets.
Unfortunately, it’s not just businesses that are in financial strain — so many people have lost their jobs over the last few months and it’s a scary, scary time.
If you yourself are struggling financially during these difficult times, there are plenty of jobs out there offering part-time, remote work.
As long as you have some schooling and/or experience in the digital marketing sector, you should be able to find at least some way to give yourself a little more extra income — at least until things start returning to normal (and who knows when that will happen).
Searching for a job is always tough but it’s even more difficult nowadays because of the coronavirus.
Here are a few helpful tips for finding and securing a job during 2020, COVID-19 pandemic and all:
Start with Google
Google is responsible for 94% of total organic traffic.
You can use Google to narrow down your exact search to what you’re looking for.
If you’re a new grad in Phoenix hoping to find a part-time, remote position overseeing a company’s social media accounts, you can find dozens of listings by simply typing that into a Google!
If you are serious about using your digital marketing background to land a part-time job, you can always do even more research on organizations around the country that are hiring remote positions.
Roughly 51% of all website traffic comes from organic search, 10% from paid search, 5% for social, and 34% from all other sources combined.
Show hiring managers that you’re knowledgable on this kind of stuff and you’ll surely turn some heads and get a few callbacks!
Prep your home for Zoom-friendly interviews
Though you still might get an interview or two that would require you to wear a mask and physically walk into an office, you’re probably going to have the majority of your interviews take place via Zoom.
Don’t be overly nervous — you can get through this!
Though it’s a little intimidating, it’s actually less stressful for many people because you’re not physically in the same space as the interviewer.
You’re in your own home and you will likely be much more comfortable.
That being said, you shouldn’t just have a plain wall as your background when interviewing online.
Make sure you’re in a nice-looking space with no distractions or outside noise.
Set up some artwork, pictures, or other decorations in the background to provide a greater presentation.
Also, pay attention to the lighting and play around with it in order to maximize your appearance and your confidence.
It’s important to note that you should still dress to impress the interviewer, as well.
It might feel silly to wear a suit or fancy clothes inside your home or apartment, but it will go a long way.
Do your research
This is a crucial step for every job search but it’s even more important nowadays.
Unfortunately, there are dozens of scammers in just about every county in America hoping to take advantage of eager job seekers.
If you can’t find any information about a company online, and they’re offering extremely high salaries with vague job descriptions, it’s probably a scam.
Do some research on Glassdoor and other review sites and even make a few calls to the organization to make sure they are legitimate.
Always send a cover letter
Of course, you’ll be sending out your resume to each job you’re applying for.
But it’s important to send a cover letter, as well.
Also, you need to tailor your cover letter to each job you’re applying for.
Generic cover letters are easy to spot and hiring managers will likely toss them aside right away.
If you take some time and write out the exact job position, related experience, and why you feel like you’re a good fit for this job, you’ll have a much better chance of getting a callback.
Searching for jobs is never easy, especially when there is a global pandemic going on in the background.
Remain diligent, do your research, and always be ready for your next interview — good luck!