This has been the year of mass unemployment. Sure, unemployment is often a problem in society. But this year, a significantly increased percentage of the population have lost their work as a direct result of the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic. The impact that this pandemic has had on the global population can’t be ignored. Of course, the main tragedy has been the loss of life and illness that has spread across the world. But there have been other consequences too. In a bid to slow and minimise the spread of the virus, governments in countless countries have implemented a variety of measures that have discouraged us from spending time in public, or have even forbidden us from spending time in public. This has had a huge impact on business, rendering them unable to operate, or making it so they can only operate on a limited basis. This, unsurprisingly, has resulted in mass company collapse, a huge number of redundancies, many people operating on limited salaries or hours and – all in all – big financial difficulties all round. So, if you’ve lost your job this year, you are most certainly not alone. Losing your work can be incredibly stressful and intimidating. But we want to change that. Here are a few pieces of information that can help you to get back on the path to employment in spite of the negative times we’re experiencing.
Consider What Type of Role You Want
Before applying for new roles, you need to make sure that you know exactly what type of role you want to pursue. If you’ve lost your job in the industry you usually work in, you need to determine if this is something that you want to continue doing, or if there is any other work available in the industry you were operating in. If your previous company has collapsed, you may find that others specialising in similar areas are struggling too! So, put some thinking time in. Consider what you want your work to entail. Do you want something office based? Something home based? Something outdoors. What kind of working hours do you want to commit to? Can you handle night shifts? Would you rather part time? Where do you want to work? Do you want to stay local or are you willing to move? These are all the types of questions you should be asking yourself before applying to any position.
Get the Relevant Qualifications or Training
If you’re considering entering a field that requires specific qualifications or training, now is the time to obtain them. You may as well take the time and invest the money to be a relevant candidate for the position you’re considering while you’re out of work and have the time available to you. There’s funding and scholarships for many degrees and training programs out there, so take a look around and see what you are eligible for. Also put plenty of time into choosing the right course for your needs. Whatever course you’re pursuing, you need to make sure that it will give you the qualification that you need and that it will tick all of your boxes. Read guides, such as an online mha guide, to ensure that the course you’re considering really is 100% right for you.
Draw Up a CV
When you start job hunting, you also need to create a CV. CV stands for “curriculum vitae” and is a document that you will hand to recruiters to show off your skillset and relevance to the role you’re considering. Put some time into crafting this. It’s the first impression you’ll make to any employer, so you want it to be good. There are professional CV writing services out there, but if you want to make the process as cheap as possible, you can create your CV yourself. You may find that CV templates help, as most CVs follow a standardised structure to make reading applications easier for recruiters. Your CV should include:
- Your name, contact email address and contact number
- Your educational qualifications
- Your previous work experience
- Additional skills (such as additional languages)
- Extra information (such as whether you have a driving licence)
Sure, seeking a new job can feel a little daunting. But it’s something that many of us are having to do right now. Taking the process seriously and following each step properly will give you the best chances of finding a role that suits you!