How to Land an Interview During a Pandemic!

If you are anything like me, you probably graduated from college not to long ago, have work experience, but maybe not enough, and you’ve gotten laid off due to Covid and are now in the extremely large pool of the unemployed people searching for jobs!

I know! So much fun right?

I found myself having a hard time finding a job post Covid, I found that everything I was qualified for had thousands of applicants applying on multiple job platforms, and I just wasn’t getting enough response back from employers.

So I started to ask myself why? and what I should be doing to get those interview requests coming in.

Here are some tips that I found to be helpful to start landing those interviews and landing a job.

  1. Update your resume- Make sure it stands out from other resumes. Make sure it looks clean, one page, and has your relevant work experience, spell and grammar check it to polish it off. Make sure that that resume is updated on all platforms like LinkedIn, Indeed, CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter and so on.
  2. Apply! Apply! Apply! -Apply to multiple jobs daily. If you are looking daily, then you will see all the new jobs that get posted, which means you can be an early applicant! That means your resume is more likely to get viewed. Also just playing the number game here, but the more jobs you apply to, the higher your chances are of landing at least one of those jobs. I know a lot of you are out there thinking “I apply to 50 jobs a day, for the last three months and I still haven’t gotten a bite”. I feel you! You just have to keep trying and hang in there. 🙂 And keep reading for a few more good tips!
  3. Ask all of your friends and family- In some cases it’s not about WHAT you know, but WHO you know. You can post on your Facebook or LinkedIn, that you are looking for work and ask if anyone knows or has heard of an open position. Just getting your resume on the desk and a good word in from someone in the loop can get you that foot in the door, that you desperately need. Trust me. My family kept telling me to reach out to people including aunts, uncles, and some recruiters that they know, which opened more doors than my indeed job hunt ever did. The more people you ask the more advice they give too, which can help you approach the job hunt differently, or apply to other industries you might not have thought of before.
  4. Write a cover letter! Cover letters allow you to really sell yourself to a company, and tell them what your skill set can do for them!
  5. Follow up on your application- You should follow up on every application! Shoot the hiring manager an email expressing your interest in the job or request an update. I know it sounds like you are being annoying, but the people that are screening resumes are having to screen multiple a day, and the more contact you have with them, the more likely they are going to keep coming back to viewing you as a potential candidate. It comes down to… would you rather be 1 out of a thousand resumes sitting in their indeed mail box, or do you want to be someone, who took the initiative to make their presence known?

Its important to not let rejection get the best of you! Keep your head up and keep on trying. Something good is bound to pop up!

Lies I Tell My Boss: How I Convinced My Boss To Let Me Bring My Dog to Work.

Before I became a Legal Assistant I was still serving tables post college. After I graduated I applied to hundreds if not thousands of jobs daily. Every month that passed I hated waiting tables more and more. Every job I didn’t get… started to make me feel as though I’d never stop waiting tables. I kept picturing myself in the movie Waiting , wondering if I was going to be the angry shot lady screaming while walking up from the kitchen.

When I interviewed for the position I have right now, my boss told me off the bat- “your resume is not one I typically would consider“. I was taken by surprise, but moved on to have one of the best 45 minute interviews and conversations of my life.

As someone who was entertaining the idea of law school and him being a lawyer, he completely understood the position I was in. He understood everything I was trying to consider going forward. I was not sure if I wanted to commit three more years of my life to college, if I was doing it for the right reasons, if it was ultimately the right move and he respected that.

During my interview he asked me what the most common lie I tell is and after telling him, that I have an extremely hard time lying in general and that I suck at it… the one thing I lie about often usually involves my dog..

For example if I am late to work it is because I could not wake the precious sleeping fur child I have come to love and adore. Same goes for when people ask if I want to go out.. I usually lie and say I can’t, but truthfully I’d rather be at home with my dog.

It is not an exact science and in my particular line of work, I do, however have to occasionally lie here and there. I didn’t want him to think I was a square, so I told him I lie for my current boss all the time, and that white lies for others is acceptable. I honestly do not know why I said that. Oh well…

A few weeks into my job I began plotting. I finally asked him, if I could bring my child(dog) to work with me on Halloween. I claimed that he was part of my costume, and that I was going to bring him to my dad’s block party after work. Joke is on my boss, I don’t dress up for Halloween. My boss knew right then and there I was plotting. He said, “you really are always plotting aren’t you? Don’t act like this isn’t a ploy to bring your dog to work from now on”. Am I that obvious?

However, I knew if he met my sweet baby angel he would be fine with me bringing him to work every day.

Ready to Impress.

My dog is now the office mascot. Everyone loves him. Clients call, and ask how Q(my dog) is doing? . He even has his own stocking. I checked it this morning though and apparently someone put coal in it.. what a Grinch.

I partied pretty hard over my Thanksgiving break, because… family is difficult and I was not feeling great when I came to work Monday. So, I told my boss I had a stomach bug. This was not a total lie. I was honestly not doing so great. I really wanted to just go home. Joke was on me this time though, because I ended up getting extremely sick the next day and I was sick for two weeks straight.

Bottom line is… I have no shame apparently. I just flat out stopped lying to my boss all together. Once we got comfortable in the work place I caught him watching Deadpool on his lunch break.. he was still working he literally never stops, but now I make all of his dinner reservations under Wade Wilson. He caught me editing my book at my desk and his nosy self asks, who is the golden child? That is now my nickname. Once we cut the BS we got to enjoy the work dynamic that I feel lucky to have. I can’t say that would work anywhere else. I definitely got lucky, to get the opportunity to bring my fur baby to work, work on my own projects, figure out my future, and have a supportive boss in the process.