There is no doubt that many people today are experiencing some form of economic hardship amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs are lost at an unprecedented rate and the unemployment rate continues to hover more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate has surpassed a record set in 1982 of 9.7%. Depression and feeling isolated are normal, but may hinder progress in finding a job. Avoiding negative feelings and isolation are keys to finding work. While no one can predict the future, a positive outlook and engagement with people will increase any chance of success. Here are a few ways to find work.
Find a Job with an Updated Resume
Employers have minimal time to review resumes. A resume needs to highlight the job seekers accomplishments and strengths over time. Employers are looking for results related to how the applicant saved the company money or increase overall sales and productivity. All leadership roles and awards also highlight the job seekers capacity for success. The resume will include these highlights. If the task feels daunting, hire a professional resume writer. The money spent will be well worth it. Remember the old adage of only having one chance to make a first impression applies here.
Also, do not forget the cover letter. A cover letter should include why the job seeker is the right person for the job. It should briefly mention how the job seeker perhaps performed a similar function that the company is seeking and the corresponding results. The cover letter should show the prospective employer what information one knows about the prospective company as well as how the job seeker can fulfill the job requirements that the employer is seeking.
Looking for Jobs by Networking With Fellow Peers
The best jobs go unadvertised. Increase the likelihood of securing a job by remaining in contact with current and former peers. Many companies offer substantial bonuses for securing new talent, so do not be shy. Ask friends and coworkers for hiring leads. It may not trigger something today, but eventually a prospect will result. Consider social media sites for additional opportunities. Sites like LinkedIn provide instant networking options. Also, consider attending trade conferences and join professional organizations related to the field of interest. The more people one networks with the more opportunities are likely to result.
Another opportunity for networking involves volunteering at a local charity. A charity can offer opportunities to learn new skills. Most charities have so much work that they will gladly welcome helpers. Many are flexible and might be willing to offer training. The experience may lead to an opening within the charity itself or it may also lead to a position elsewhere as a result of networking at the events.
Also, as a volunteer one realizes that no matter the adversity that one faces, there are others in less fortunate circumstances. Volunteer Match matches prospective volunteers with various opportunities. For example, The Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation grants wishes to terminal breast cancer patients. Volunteering in a charity like this not only puts ones problems in perspective, but it reduces stress, and it also warms the heart.
Securing Work With Additional Education and Freelance Jobs
A job loss offers an opportunity to further one’s education. Additional education will not only increase the odds of finding a job, but it will also enhance one’s salary. According the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for an MBA graduate is 25 to 40% higher than those without the degree. While an MBA requires years of training, many schools now offer online and weekend programs as well.
Part time or freelance jobs allow the job seeker an opportunity to secure income while continuing the job search. More and more companies are hiring freelance workers to offset the cost of regular employee benefits. A job seeker can work in an existing field or branch out into a new one. This also provides an opportunity to try out a new field and possibly work from home. Companies like Elance offer a variety of freelance and work at home opportunities for job seekers in most fields.
Losing a job creates enormous stress that often leads to feelings of depression. But it can also be a time for renewal. A job seeker now will have the opportunity to start fresh with a new employer or even a new industry. Updating the resume, networking with peers, seeking more education or considering a freelance job are all things that will help the job seeker not only find a job, but learn and grow from the experience. Adversity builds character and will help the job seeker make the most of their next job opportunity.
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