Searching for a job right now might not make sense to many people. The market feels volatile. If you have a job, it may not feel like the right time to take a risk and switch jobs. However, I would encourage you to keep your eyes open. There are companies hiring and onboarding new employees, even during the pandemic. 

If you search online, you’ll likely find fewer total jobs posted. In the past, companies would post jobs and even conduct interviews, but wouldn’t necessarily hire someone. Companies are less likely to do that today. It’s too hard. Companies aren’t going to waste their time or yours unless they are interested in finding someone. 

If you want to look for a new job and you see something interesting, apply. With all the working from home you’re doing, interviewing will be less of a challenge. You’re not going to have to sneak out to take a phone call or do a Zoom interview. 

Companies also are being more flexible right now about location. They are more open to the idea of hiring out-of-town candidates. Some companies are now open to you working from home indefinitely. 

If you make it to the offer stage of a job interview, there’s one crucial thing to keep in mind. You need to research the company and explore the industry it is in. Some industries have been hit harder than others. 

When you research the company, you can learn how they are holding up in the face of the pandemic. Study their financials if you can find them online. Watch their stock price. Read about them in the news. This information can help you decide if you want the job. 

At the end of the day, if you’re interested in getting a new job, take a look. In the worst-case scenario, you can turn down a job offer. But if you have been thinking of looking, don’t assume companies aren’t hiring. Many are, despite everything going on. Be sure to do your homework, so your decision will be a low risk one, based on solid research. 

— Angela Copeland, a career expert and founder of Copeland Coaching, can be reached at copelandcoaching.com.