As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, it's easy to become discouraged by the negative headlines, particularly when it comes to the economy.
While the unemployment figures are high, and the competition for jobs is stiff, there are opportunities available.
If the COVID-19 pandemic had made you unemployed or stalled your job search, you may be wondering what to do now. While you may feel the urge to abandon your job search, that's actually the last thing you should do. COVID-19 is an obstacle to your job search, but it's not an impossible one to overcome.
Here are three things that you need to do.
Don't Give Up
Continuing the job search is the most important thing that you can do!
It's easy to watch the news about all the businesses laying off staff and the unemployment figures and become discouraged. But, nothing ever gets accomplished from the sidelines, and whether you're employed and looking for a new opportunity or unemployed, you should never abandon a goal.
COVID-19 may cut down the amount of job opportunities immediately available, but it doesn't stop you from getting your qualifications in front of the right people. It doesn't stop you from introducing yourself on LinkedIn and making connections within the industry you desire. It doesn't stop you in writing a killer cover letter and resume.
The end result may take longer to achieve, but COVID-19 doesn't prevent you from putting in the necessary work that will ultimately set you up for success.
The news surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on the economy changes on a daily basis, and while it may seem like most of the news is bad, if you look closely enough you may find opportunity.
Some industries have ramped up hiring as a result of COVID-19. For example, if you're looking for a job in the healthcare industry, there are a number of opportunities available.
As society continues to adjust to the "new normal" from COVID-19, industries may go through ebbs and flows in the coming months. While many will shrink in size, others may grow. In addition, there will always be people moving on from certain jobs for personal reasons.
The job market is also evolving through this crisis. As a result, some job openings may not be as public as before. Some companies may only list jobs on their websites, or by referral.
That's why it's important to always be alert! Keep track of the bucket list of companies that you're interested in working, and always keep in touch with your network. It's also important to pay close attention to the news and industry trends. You want to be in a position to jump on a new opportunity when it becomes available.
Invest In Yourself
As you're looking for a job, take an opportunity to make yourself a more attractive candidate by leveling up on particular skillsets. If there are skills you want to build on or new skills that you want to learn, do some research on online courses or certification programs that can help you accomplish this.
If you're unemployed and looking, it may benefit you to work a temporary or "gap job" while you go through the job search process.
Another way to potentially invest yourself is to join a career growth club like Work It Daily. Work It Daily has many free resources that can help you in your job search, but if you join the club, you'll have access to one-on-one online coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities.
As previously stated COVID-19 may slow your job search, so it's important to stay productive and find ways to strengthen your case for an opportunity that may become available. No matter the situation, a job search can be productive. You just have to be willing to put the work in.
Check out Work It Daily's FREE Job Search Checklist to make sure you're getting the most out of your search.
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