Career Counselor Lakeisha Mathews: Part of the Job Search is Preparation for 'the Long Haul'
June 23, 2020
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Lakeisha Mathews, director of the University of Baltimore's Career and Internship Center, tells WJZ-TV that today's economy requires patience and preparation in the search for a job.
The effort can take three to six months, Mathews says, and typically requires patience, planning, and the occasional step back to consider options and alternatives.
“Companies are still hiring in the Baltimore metro region," Mathews says. But in the current economy, with the COVID-19 pandemic as the driver, Mathews advises job seekers to be ready for "the long haul."
As the crisis evolves, she says, "It's very important for job seekers to understand the target industry that they are looking to go into, and follow the trends in that industry."
Layered on top of that awareness, Mathews advises those on the hunt for gainful employment to keep an eye out on local and regional economic trends.
The job market has changed dramatically in just a few months, she adds, and both job seekers and employers are developing coping strategies. Still, tried and true methods, especially networking, remain useful today.
Check out the interview with Lakeisha Mathews.
Learn more about UB's Career and Internship Center.