How to prepare yourself now for the job market once the pandemic is over

How to prepare yourself now for the job market once the pandemic is over

BOSTON — Experienced job candidates will soon be itching to get hired once Massachusetts begins opening up the state.

But, as we transition into what could be the new normal for businesses, many experienced professionals may need to make some changes to their resume to appeal to companies in this new climate.

“We want to help people get as prepared as possible so we can help turn this economy around and be thriving once again,” said LT Ladino Bryson, former recruiter and CEO of VCandidates.com. Bryson said many who are eager to jump back into the job market may need to think twice before deciding how they will sell themselves for potential positions.

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“It’s very important to understand the climate definitely has course corrected in its shift," said Bryhson. "It’s no longer a candidate marketplace where there’s more jobs than candidates, now with all these talented people being let-go or furloughed, employers are going to have the pick of the litter.”

Bryson runs a private career platform website called VCandidates.com for people looking for jobs. She said now is the time to be proactive and think of ways to re-brand yourself as the market will be more competitive. She believes you need to make yourself more appealing for what will be our new normal.

“They’re also going to have to make sure they have a place in their home, apartment that’s set up for work, said Bryson. "They’re going to have to make sure they have the right equipment if the company is not offering it, they’re going to have to make sure they have a stronger internet connection and working phone.”

Bryson also said your resume must begin with your at-home remote work skills listed at the top. She said you must make sure you already have the proper software installed for a remote set up and your resume should advertise your skills with communicating through digital platforms.

“When you’re applying for gig jobs or temporary or essential worker jobs, you have to come off as confident, prepared, as well as reliable," said Bryson. “Those positions need people who are reliable.”

Bryson said the skill set that will now attract employees will be based on being productive and focusing within the home.

“Things are going to be different when we go out and how we work in the workplace, so we should be focusing on those new conditions as opposed to the hunt for a job as well,” said Bryson.

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