The coronavirus started out as a health pandemic, but the outbreak will create long-lasting changes to the way we live and work. Industry experts predict that there will be a surge in job posting once the economy enters the recovery. Now is the time to prepare for your job search post COVID-19.
We will explore three things you can do while staying at home and staying safe: improve your skills, update your Linkedin profile and resume, and post your resume on Women and Drones Jobs Board.
Improve Your Skills
The first step is to improve your skills. Many drone training programs are now offering online and remote live training programs. If you don’t have a Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command certification, now is the time to study for the test so that when the test sites reopen you are ready to go to a FAA test site and pass your Part 107 aviation knowledge test. If you already have your Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command, consider taking specialized training to improve your skills. For example, take a course in mapping, data analysis, photogrammetry, or best practices for infrastructure inspections, just to name a few.
The Women and Drones jobs survey found that program and project management is the second skill employers are seeking in candidates in the UAS industry. Add these skills to your portfolio by taking online courses. The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is an important credential. PMP certified Project Managers on average earn over 20% more than those without the certification. The PMP certification can help you get the job, keep your job and earn more money. In addition, many organizations have recognized that properly trained project managers are fundamental to business success. There are several online certification classes where you can be ready for your job search.
We live in a technology-driven age that demands digital literacy in nearly every profession. Being comfortable with computers, online research and apps—not to mention industry-specific software—is expected in the workplace today. Use this time at home to improve your digital skills such as spreadsheets and creating presentations.
Since companies recognize that employees can easily work remotely, executives are likely to encourage this behavior in the new post COVID-19 workplace. The chief financial officer will tell her CEO about how much money will be saved by ditching pricey offices and allowing employees to work remotely. Human resources professionals will echo this sentiment and cite how much happier their workers are since they don’t have to endure a brutal two-to-three-hour round trip commute to and from work. They will also point out that employees can now watch over their young children, take care of older or sick family members, attend important events and enjoy a higher quality of life. It will be hard to bring everyone back from home once they’ve tasted freedom from the stresses of a commute and sitting in a cubicle for eight hours each day.
Take the time to work on improving your skills in video conferencing and remote communications. Time-management skills will be highly valued in the new post COVID-19 environment, so take a few online courses, preferably with some sort of certificate, to prove to employers that you understand the fundamentals of time-management in an unstructured workplace, i.e. home.
Managing virtual teams will become critical for advancement in the post COVID-19 workplace. Research the best practices from around the world and in your industry to be ready to take a leadership role.
Now is the time for action. These are just some ideas to improve your skills, while waiting for the world the stabilize and recover.
Update Linkedin and Resume
Today’s employers often first look at your Linkedin profile, even before reviewing your resume. The more complete your Linkedin profile, the better the odds that companies and recruiters will find you. Employers want to know what your skills are, where you’ve worked, and what people think of you. Fill out every single section of your profile. Linkedin will actually measure the “completeness” of your profile as you work and offer suggestions on how to make it stronger. Don’t forget to add your email address (or blog, or Twitter handle, or anywhere else you’d like to be found) to the contact information section of your resume. You’d be surprised how many people leave this off!
Choose a clear, friendly, and appropriately professional image. If you are not sure what “appropriately professional” means, take a look around at what the people in your target company, industry sector, or business level are wearing. Thanks to the technology of cellphone cameras, you can take a high-quality picture in your own home.
Your headline doesn’t have to be your job title and company—in fact, especially if you’re looking for jobs, it shouldn’t be. Instead, use that space to succinctly showcase your expertise or value proposition. The more specific you can be about what sets you apart from the competition, the better.
While you shouldn’t use the first person on your resume, it is acceptable to do so on Linkedin. You can describe what you did. For example, “I mastered inspection of bridges using drones by inspecting the bridges in my hometown.”
These are just some tips for pumping up your Linkedin profile.
Now for your resume. There are lots of online suggestions for resumes. Here are some the Women and Drones has found to be successful.
One of the best ways to make your resume stand out is to look at Linkein postings of people with similar jobs and qualifications. Then use the same keywords. Some companies actually conduct keyword searches when sorting through resumes.
Taking the time to customize your resume for each individual job you apply to is a surefire tactic to stand out among the pack of applicants. Think through what you can provide to the employer and what value you bring to their team.
Format and font are important. Most employers like to see all titles in bold, because they catch their eye and makes the resume easy to scan. Under the titles, add key bullet points as examples and when applicable, consider using numbers to back up your success.
If you need help, one of the Women and Drones benefits is help with your Linkedin profile and resume by a HR professional. Jenn Newbie worked in the field of Human Resources for more than 10 years and worked in several fields such as manufacturing and healthcare. Jenn has held positions in Talent Management & Development of leaders and is currently a HR Manager. She is offering her services to Women and Drones members a discounted rate. Sign into your account to view your Women and Drones Benefits and reach out to HR Genius to find out more. Be sure you mention you are a member of Women and Drones. If you are not a member, you should join today!
Post Your Resume
Now that your resume is top notch, it is time to post your resume on the Women and Drones Jobs Board, which connects companies with qualified women to fill positions. Jobs include full-time, part-time, and even internships. Women and Drones will be launching a big push for companies to use the Women and Drones Jobs Board as a resource to search resumes and post jobs. First register with the Women and Drones Jobs Board and then use the simple steps to post your resume.
As a job seeker, you can search the posted jobs and post resumes. You can set up alerts for certain jobs or employers. We even have resources for members to help women enter the technology job market and to advance their career.
We’re facing unprecedented times, and no one knows how long this will last. Since we cannot predict when the worst will be over or even when the virus will be contained, your best strategy is to focus on improving your skills, working on your Linkedin profile and resume, and posting your resume on the Women and Drones Jobs Board.
Doing nothing is not an option.
By Dr. Tulinda Larsen
Membership and Jobs Board Advisor
Women and Drones
“Expert Insight” is the independent views and opinions of the submitting named author of this article.