The pandemic put you out of a job months ago, but you’re ready to get back to work. The problem is, competition for Lehigh Valley jobs is more intense than ever.
You’re a skilled warehouse worker with a lot to offer any employer, but you really have to stand out from the crowd to be noticed right now. Here’s some advice to help you land a job you really want.
Three Steps to Get Back in the Warehouse
Polish Your Resume
Prior to COVID-19, if you spent several years working for the same employer, your resume is likely outdated. Take the time to refresh it with any new skills, experience and certifications you garnered at the company. Carefully proofread your resume several times and ask someone you trust to do the same.
It’s also important to realize the importance of tailoring your resume for each position you apply to. This will add a little extra time to the application process, but it’s an opportunity to really highlight your fit for the job. Plus, modern hiring managers expect this — and your competition will be doing it — so if you submit a generic resume, it will likely be tossed aside.
Reach Out to Your Network
In times of turmoil, people want to support one another. It’s very possible your network — i.e., former managers, colleagues and friends — will know about job openings at warehouses you might be interested in. A nod from them can give you a competitive advantage, because hiring decisions aren’t easy. If you’re recommended by someone the hiring manager trusts, they’ll be more likely to choose you, over a candidate without a known reference.
Consider Working With a Staffing Firm
Chances are, you’ve always steered your own job search. However, this is the first time you’ve had to find a job in a pandemic. Working with a staffing firm is free for candidates and grants you access to positions that aren’t posted publicly. Your recruiter will also help update your resume, prepare you for interviews and deliver valuable post-interview feedback that can make you a more competitive candidate.
Searching for a new warehouse job in the Lehigh Valley? HTSS, Inc. wants to help you find your perfect fit. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you!