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THE JOB HUNTER'S TOOL KIT: The ultimate tips, tricks, and resources for finding your dream job during the pandemic and beyond

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THE JOB HUNTER'S TOOL KIT: The ultimate tips, tricks, and resources for finding your dream job during the pandemic and beyond
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Even though hiring may be down during the coronavirus pandemic, job seekers shouldn't fear: Plenty of companies are looking for skilled workers.

With record numbers of people filing for unemployment, however, competition for openings will be stiff. That's why Business Insider compiled a list of advice that will help you stand out in the crowd and find work that's both lucrative and career advancing.

Here is what top recruiters, managers, and successful job seekers themselves said about landing roles during a crisis and beyond.

Adapting your job search to times of crisis

Achieving success during a recession: The ultimate guide to career success during a recession: How to find a new job, land a raise, and build your résumé, even when the economy goes south

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

Getting recruited when the economy is bad: Recruiters and career coaches who survived the Great Recession share their most urgent advice for finding a job during a new economic downturn

Understanding the value of networking: 5 experienced recruiters who've worked through the Great Recession reveal the best way to network and put yourself on a recruiter's radar when hiring is slow

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

Building needed skills: 8 steps to improve your career while self-isolating, so you can land a plum job after the quarantine

Marketing yourself: Top CIOs share the steps tech job seekers should take right now to market themselves for a high-paying role during economic hard times

Working with career coaches: Meet 23 career coaches who helped shape leaders into stars at the likes of Goldman Sachs and Google

Landing recession-proof jobs: 25 recession-proof jobs for anyone worried about the economic downturn

Searching databases for laid off tech workers: 5 databases helping tech companies like Facebook and Apple recruit workers that were laid off during the coronavirus pandemic

Job hunting during a recession: 12 books to read right now to help you get a job and find success during a recession

Making big career changes: A tough economy can be a prime opportunity to reinvent your career. Here are 4 key questions that will tell you whether you're ready to pivot.

Deciding whether to leave your job: Don't leave your job in a recession — even if you hate it. Here's how to make work less miserable before you can reasonably quit.

Coping with job loss: How to find meaning if you've lost your job and are struggling with an identity crisis

Using tech and social media to your advantage

Connecting on apps: A new iPhone app connects you directly to recruiters from companies like Facebook and Wealthfront — here's how you can use it to find a job during the pandemic

Networking online: How to create your own networking opportunities online and connect with key players, according to entrepreneurs, coaches, and executives who've done it

Attracting recruiters: Seasoned recruiters reveal the best way to network with them on social media to put yourself in the running for your dream job

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

Bolstering LinkedIn: Recruiters for companies like Microsoft and Intuit share the LinkedIn headlines that instantly draw them in as they search for top talent on the platform

Updating your LinkedIn profile: 11 mistakes you're making on LinkedIn that could sabotage your job hunt — and how to fix them

Making your profiles stand out: The best way to make yourself stand out on social media to get poached for a job, according to recruiters who've hired for Amazon, Microsoft, the New York Stock Exchange, and more

Mastering the art of the cold message: This LinkedIn message took 2 minutes to write and got the sender a job at a successful startup — even though they weren't hiring

Navigating virtual career fairs: 10 expert-backed tips for navigating virtual career fairs and making sure you stand out to hiring managers

Selling yourself so recruiters can't ignore you

Building a personal brand: The CEO of a recruiting-software company that works with Slack and Airbnb explains how to build a personal brand and stand out in a sea of applicants

Becoming poachable: Here's exactly how to make yourself 'poachable' and land on a recruiter's radar for your dream job

Avoiding big errors: 5 mistakes job seekers make that immediately turn off recruiters that try to 'poach' them for a role

Crafting an AI-friendly resume: A robot will probably read your résumé before a human does. Here are 3 simple tricks to make sure they don't pass it by.

Heeding advice from career coaches: 20 books to help job seekers find their next big break, according to career coaches with exec clients at Goldman Sachs and Amazon

Making big career changes: How to make a drastic career change, from an executive coach who's helped countless people unhappy at work

Simple solutions to your biggest job-hunt questions

Leveraging skills without a degree: 15 fast-growing, high-paying jobs where you only need an associate's degree

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

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

Updating your résumé: A former Amazon recruiter shares the simple résumé tweak that will help you get a job at the company (or anywhere else you want to work)

Preparing for the interview: Here's what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jack Dorsey, and 50 other top executives ask job candidates during interviews

Getting familiar with startup interview questions: Here are the answers to 11 of the toughest job interview questions growing startups ask their candidates — from drawing your life as a river to naming your TED Talk

Finding a mentor: Use this guide to secure a mentor that will help you grow professionally — even when you're working remotely

Using résumé templates: 10 résumé templates you can use to apply for jobs right now — and how to tailor them for your industry and experience

Developing a cheat sheet: Use this guide to create a job interview cheat sheet to prepare for tough questions and impress potential employers

Perfecting interview behavior: 21 surprising behaviors that affect whether you get hired after a job interview

Addressing your cover letter: 'To whom it may concern' is a terrible way to address a cover letter. Here are all the salutations to avoid when you don't know the hiring manager's name.