The job search toolkit to boost your career anytime


  • Finding a job often involves sending countless resumes in the hope that someone will take a look at you. But there are better ways to get a company’s attention, especially while hiring is slow amid a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The best tips for finding your dream job and landing an ace job include much more than impressive cover letters, hiring managers and professional experts say.
  • Business Insider regularly interviews managers who reveal what they are looking for in candidates, along with employees who landed lucrative roles at companies like Netflix and Facebook. You can read them all by subscribing to BI Prime.

Although hiring may be low during the coronavirus pandemic, job seekers need not fear: Many companies are seeking skilled workers.

However, with a record number of people applying for unemployment, competition for vacancies will be tough. That’s why Business Insider compiled the best guides to stand out from the crowd and find a job that’s lucrative and advance your career.

This is what the best successful recruiters, managers and job seekers said about landing roles during a crisis and beyond.

Adapting your job search to times of crisis

Finding a job in a recession: 3 graduates of the Great Recession who now earn 6 figures and have worked for Netflix and Bank of America share the exact steps they took to get a job during a recession

Being recruited when the economy is bad: Recruiters and Professional Trainers Who Survived the Great Recession Share Their Most Urgent Tips for Finding Work During a New Economic Recession

The value of networks: 5 Experienced Recruiters Who Have Worked During the Great Recession Reveal The Best Way To Network And Get On A Recruiter’s Radar When Hiring Is Slow

Dealing with radical change: Recruiters who have worked with companies like Amazon, Microsoft and PayPal reveal how job seekers can prepare for the worst as the pandemic changes the way companies hire

Developing necessary skills: Social isolation could be a ‘golden opportunity’ for your career. Here’s exactly how to use the extra time to network and develop on-demand skills for the new economy.

Market yourself: Top CIOs Share the Steps Tech Job Applicants Should Take Right Now to Promote Themselves for a Well-Paid Role During Tough Economic Times

Using technology and social media to your advantage

Connect in apps: A new iPhone app connects you directly with recruiters from companies like Facebook and Wealthfront – here’s how you can use it to find work during the pandemic

Online networking: How to Create Your Own Online Networking Opportunities and Connect with Key Players, According to Entrepreneurs, Coaches, and Executives Who Have Done It

Send strong emails: Use this exact email template from a LinkedIn career expert to network and find a new job during a recession

Strengthen social networks: Recruiters for companies like Microsoft and Intuit share LinkedIn headlines that instantly attract them as they search for the best talent on the platform

The art of the cold message: This LinkedIn message took 2 minutes to write and gave the sender a job at a successful startup, even though they weren’t hiring

Sell ​​yourself so recruiters can’t ignore you

Building a personal brand: CEO of a recruiting software company working with Slack and Airbnb explains how to build a personal brand and stand out in a sea of ​​applicants

Become huntingable: Here’s exactly how to get ‘hunted’ and land on a recruiter’s radar for your dream job.

Avoid big mistakes: 5 Mistakes Job Applicants Make That Immediately Shut Down Recruiters Trying to ‘Poach’ Them for a Role

Crafting an AI-friendly resume: A robot will probably read your resume before a human. Here are 3 simple tricks to make sure you don’t miss it.

Simple solutions to your most important job search questions

Harnessing skills without a degree: 15 Fast-Growing, High-Salary Jobs Where You Only Need An Associate’s Degree

Accelerating the search: Experts share 9 simple but underused tricks to make your job search as easy as possible

Nailing the interview: Engineers at top tech companies like Google, Netflix, and Twitter offer their best tips for getting a job interview, and the questions they faced when applying for their roles.