A Texans Guide to Job Hunting During COVID-19

While the world looks a little differently than it did at the beginning of 2020, one thing remains the same: Texans are searching for employment. TWC is here to put Texans back to work with Workintexas.com, the premier job site for Texas. With the world of in-person interviews, networking events and dropping off in-person resumes paused, here are five tips to landing your new gig!

Do Your Research

COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. With new developments every day, in-demand industries are changing. Before you begin your job search, take some time to research the most in-demand fields to help you find a stable career. Currently, healthcare is the fastest growing industry in Texas with over 30,000 job openings. Other top industries include retail trade and education. To see hiring activity in your current field, including median salary and number of job openings across the state visit Texas Career Check.

Upskill Your Resume

Regardless of if you’re transitioning to a new field or hoping to boost your resume, upskilling can have a huge impact on your career and earnings. Workforce Solutions offices across the state are offering virtual training to help you learn new skills that will land you the career you want, and many of these trainings are free or low-cost. Find your local workforce board to see trainings available in your area.

Pro tip: Your local workforce board can also help revamp your resume to show off your new skills and tailor your work history for the job for which you are applying.

Prepare to Virtually Interview

As social distancing continues, virtual interviews will become more and more common. To be sure you ace your next virtual interview be sure to prepare in advance. This can include making sure you have the correct phone number of software for the interview, testing your internet connection and dressing for the occasion. Your local Workforce Board can assist with this process. Some local offices like Workforce Solutions Capital Area’s North Area Office are offering free wi-fi in parking lots to ensure you have the connection you need to get the job. They can also assist you in gathering information for your interview and dressing the part. Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas has been conducting training on video calls via Facebook live.

Attend a Virtual Hiring Event

State employers are flocking to virtual hiring events. These events allow employers to interview candidates on the spot and make an offer all from the safety of their home. These events are being held around the state. To find one in your area, contact your local workforce board.

Maximize your Job Search

Job searching can be a long and tiring process, that is why the Texas Workforce Commission launched WorkInTexas.com. With over 475,000 job openings available and more added every day, WorkInTexas.com brings the jobs to you.  Once you create an account WorkInTexas.com will score your resume and help you find jobs that match your skill set.