How to Handle Winter Weather Disruptions to Your Job Search

Is your job search being impacted by winter storm Juno? Learn how to weather the storm.

Whether you’re in the northeast or traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are your plans are about to change. Here are three tips for how to handle the winter storm’s disruptions without disrupting your job search.


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Reach out immediately.

Email or call your main point of contact as soon as possible and find out if the company is still open for business. If you’re planning to fly in for a meeting, check the airline’s website – your flight may already be impacted by the impending storm.

If you’re unable to travel to the office, let the HR person know. Have your schedule handy so you can propose dates and times to reschedule the appointment. Try not to reschedule for the very next day, in case the storm’s aftermath is still wreaking havoc on transportation. Find out if there is anything you can do or send to them in the interim to get the ball rolling. They may be able to send you forms you can fill out at home.

Prepare for alternative interviews & meetings.

If your power or internet is still intact, the company may want to conduct a virtual interview. Make sure you download and test out the appropriate software ahead of time and find a spot in your home that’s quiet and clutter-free. If the interview will take place over the phone, have your “cheat sheets” available for referencing during the call. This could include a copy of the job description, talking points about your compatibility with the job requirements, prepared questions for the interviewers and so forth.

Take advantage of the extra time.

Make good use of this opportunity. Practice your talking points and anecdotes for responding to interview questions. Spend more time researching the organization and its company culture. You can also use this time to work on other job search activities, such as cleaning up your online presence. Add your former colleagues as connections, ask for recommendations (which are always easier to obtain when you’re no longer in the job search), and update your online profile and resume to reflect your new job.

The bottom line is to be prepared and use your best judgement. Stay warm and be safe!