As COVID-19 continues to impact the daily lives of millions of people around the world, those of you looking for reliable employment will be feeling the strain even more. What was already a demanding task has now become even more strenuous, with countless companies laying off workers, announcing redundancies and even shutting up shop completely.
We don’t want you to feel disheartened, even though you would be forgiven for assuming that now is not a good time to be job-hunting, which is why we’ve pulled together some tips on how to stay motivated during job search phases, as well as positive and determined to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a position you enjoy.
Don’t panic – companies are still hiring
Easy for us to say, right? Well, we know that not all industries or companies are looking to pause their recruitment drives. Quite the reverse in fact, as some sectors are more in need of available hands than ever before.
Know your rights if you are made redundant
It is worth bearing in mind that as new restrictions on movement are being enforced, it is likely that some of the most recruitment-focused companies and industries will change.
For example, fast food preparation and delivery outlets are unlikely to still be looking for people to fill positions now, but they may well be keen to get a full staffing contingent in place for when normal business resumes.
If the COVID-19 crisis has left your employer with no option but to make you redundant, rather than making you a furloughed worker, it is vital that you know what you are entitled to.
Explore free courses and learn a new skill
You might wonder how to stay positive during your job search, especially when you start to notice that interview offers aren’t coming in as thick and fast as they used to. Don’t get disheartened, because you can use your time in such a way as to impress any future interviewers above and beyond your original CV submission.
Some great ways to use your free time while you wait for interviews include:
- Taking a free Ivy League course — You can choose from 450 of distance learning courses, and let’s be honest – it’s never going to hurt your chances of employment if you have a qualification from one of the most prestigious colleges in the world like Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton and many others.
- Look into industry-relevant courses on LinkedIn — You’ll find plenty of courses all geared towards improving core business skills on LinkedIn, including but not limited to spreadsheet training and strategy development.
- Get your blog on — If you’ve been meaning to start blogging for business for a while, you can take a free course that gives you all the essential information and tips you’ll need. From there, what’s stopping you from getting online and starting?
- Finally learn that new skill you’ve always wanted to — Let’s say that you’ve always fancied yourself as a graphic designer but can’t find the time or money to go back to school. Get on YouTube and start watching some of the free tutorials and courses that experienced designers have uploaded. This can be extended to a huge variety of creative skill sets. And keep an eye on new graphic design vacancies while you’ll learning.
Think short-term as well as permanent
The security that a permanent role offers is hard to beat, but in lieu of being able to find one, think about seasonal and gig opportunities. They can be varied, plentiful and interesting, while never getting too boring because you know they won’t be forever. You could consider taking on a number of part-time roles to accrue full-time hours.
Make your finances your top priority
Only you know how much money you need to earn per month, so once you’ve cut out anything unnecessary, that’s the figure you need to focus on. Ensuring that you’ll have enough in reserve to cover what could be months of unemployment can be tough but here are some options to strongly consider:
- Apply for an emergency loan or credit card — With interest rates at their all-time lowest, now could be a good time to take out a contingency loan, if you are eligible. Weigh up the interest rates on credit cards and loans and be sure that you’ll be able to make your monthly repayments, or our credit score will suffer.
- Ask for help — There’s no shame in asking friends and family for a little support, if you find yourself out of work suddenly. It doesn’t have to be a case of lending you cash, either, as maybe moving back home for a few months would take a huge burden off your shoulders?
Whether you’ve been hunting for a job for a while or are facing sudden redundancy in the COVID-19 crisis, there are plenty of resources that can tell you how and why to stay positive during a long job search.
Most of all, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and that this moment in time will pass – and when it does, you will be a far more upbeat and resilient worker for it.