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How to Stand Out From the Hundreds of Other Professionals Applying for Work Right Now

If you’re like many people, COVID-19 has put you out of work. Unfortunately, unemployment levels have quickly risen to record-high rates, which has made searching for a new job more competitive than ever. 

People are flocking to temporary job agencies, hoping to connect with employers thriving during the pandemic. Here’s some advice to help you outshine the competition, so you can return to the workforce as quickly as possible. 

Four Tips to Stand Out From Other Job Seekers 

Tailor Your Resume 

If you’d previously been in the same job for quite some time, you might not understand the importance of customizing your resume for each opportunity you apply to. However, this is something hiring managers have grown to expect, so skipping this step will put you at an automatic disadvantage.  

Sure, this step adds serious time to the application process, but it’s also an opportunity to really sell yourself for the position. Consider it an opportunity to show each employer why you’re the best person for the job. 

Be Flexible 

No one knows where the economy will be in a week, month, or year. Therefore, many employers are filling positions on a temporary or temp-to-hire basis, because they’re afraid to make a long-term commitment right now. You might not have considered it before the pandemic, but including temporary jobs in your search can open valuable new doors and allow you to start earning a paycheck much faster.  

Use Your Time Off Wisely 

Being unemployed doesn’t have to mean you turn into a couch potato. If you’re laid off, use your free time to boost your candidacy. Take an online course, start a passion project or create a professional social media presence that showcases your passion for your field. This way, when potential employers ask what you’ve been doing in your time off, you’ll be able to impress them with your ambitious activities. 

Maintain a Positive Attitude 

No doubt, being laid off has taken a toll on your emotional well-being. You certainly have a right to feel frustrated and angry, but don’t reveal these sentiments to potential employers. No one wants to hire a new employee with a bad attitude, so try to keep your head up and put a positive spin on your current situation. This will make a great impression because people who can focus on the good in trying circumstances aren’t always easy to find. 

If you lost your job due to the pandemic, HTSS, Inc. is here to help you make a fresh start. Contact us today to start your search for a temporary, temp-to-hire or direct hire role. 


CEO Letter

As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.