How COVID-19 Will Effect Your Job Hunt

covid19 and your job hunt

Questions have been coming up surrounding COVID-19 and how it might affect your search for a new job. And the harsh reality is that it is going to affect your job search. If you’re unemployed at the moment, finding employment in the next two to three weeks might be more difficult than before.

Here are the common questions being asked during this pandemic as it relates to those seeking new employment.

Should I continue applying to job postings?

Yes, you should. Though, most online job postings receive a 10% to 20% response rate in terms of applicants who have ample experience. These applicants are often asked to interview. And roughly 4% of them receive a job offer.

During this crisis, employees have slowed their overall production, their workflows have changed, and their priorities have changed. This means that hiring has slowed.

As a job seeker, you might see a much lower response rate to your online job applications. Meaning, you should be applying to far more applications than you might think.

How will I be interviewed?

Most companies are working hard to embrace and start processes around video interviews and phone interviews as a standard practice. Though, they are struggling to figure out how to train and bring in new employees once they have confirmed they would like to offer employment. This is slowing the time it may take to become employed as well.

Simply put, companies are changing their processes very rapidly, and your job application and interview may not be at the top of the list.

How will 2020 graduates be effected?

They will be greatly affected. Expect internship positions to be receiving a much higher volume of applications than ever before. Additionally, jobs for entry-level applicants will be receiving a higher level of application volume as well. This is due to positions transitioning from restaurants and bars to customer service roles or similar.

How should I prepare for a video interview?

A video interview should be prepared for just like a regular job interview. Take time to practice what interview questions you feel will be asked and be sure to spend time researching the overall direction of the company so you can address how you’ll bring value to the position and the business.

How will I be trained when working from home?

This is a difficult discussion. And many businesses are not prepared for this. Ultimately, this is what is slowing down the hiring process. Companies are going from training in-person to training over video or phone discussions. This is a much different process. For you the employee, you should expect to spend more time on the phone and video conferencing tools than you may have before.

You should be prepared to help your employer during this process as much as possible. Show your future employer you’re dedicated to being trained even as the company transitions. Express your ability to be patient and adaptable during your interview sessions.

Should I be applying for unemployment?

Unless it has been indicated that your position has been terminated, then you should not apply for unemployment. Applying for unemployment requires being laid off, not terminated (or fired). If your position has been alleviated due to the economic crisis coming from COVID-19, then you may want to seek applying for unemployment in your state.

Should I be worried about losing my job?

I would not be concerned about losing your job. While some positions are being furloughed due to the closures, most corporate positions will be secure for the next few weeks at the least.

You should not be panic applying to other positions during this time, either. Simply stay calm and hold down the fort.

If you were recently hired, you are not at risk of losing your position either.

What if I have not started my position yet, is there a risk of me losing my job?

If you have not started your position yet, it is unclear how businesses will handle this. They could decide to place a hold on training or onboarding you into the role until they have a clear process in place for training remote employees.

Keep in mind that most businesses are now transitioning into a remote workforce. And this is a large management transition for them. They may place temporary holds on new training until they have a process in place.

As more questions emerge this page will be updated with further job search information. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email directly and your question will be placed here.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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