Did you lose your job during the Coronavirus pandemic? Although you may feel helpless, remember, someday things will recover. And then, you’ll need a job game plan. Here’s what you can do to prepare for the reopening of the economy right now!
How to Execute Your Job Game Plan
Step #1 – Learn Something New
Unemployment is incredibly stressful. But, instead of sitting around and worrying, channel your energy into something more productive. Start by asking yourself, “What’s a skill that would allow me to advance my career?” Then, search the internet for online classes. Many sites like Udemy and Amazon Future Engineer are offering free courses during the COVID-19 crisis. Find something interesting, and then commit to working at least one to two hours each day. (No TV until you’re done.) This activity will help to build both your confidence and your motivation. If you’re looking for more career-building advice, check out this post, Is It Time to Reskill Yourself?
Step #2 – Update Your Resume
When the economy does reopen, you’ll want to make sure your resume is ready to go. So, begin working on that while you have the extra time. Pull out your old document and make necessary changes. Include new experiences, skills, and certifications (including your new online learning efforts). Also, remove any outdated information. For more tips, read this article on What Not to Include in Your Resume.
Step #3 – Set Up Job Alerts
Even though you may not see many openings currently, eventually the market will make a comeback. And being one of the first people to apply for a role can put you ahead of the competition. When you activate job alerts, newly posted positions automatically appear in your inbox or text messages. In other words, you’ll see them almost immediately. Most job boards, networking sites, and staffing firms provide this feature. The sign-up process varies, but it’s usually straight forward. For example, here’s How to Set Up Job Alerts on LinkedIn.
Step #4 – Connect with a Staffing Firm
With higher than normal unemployment rates, you may need some extra assistance landing a position. And, that’s perfectly OK. Fortunately, staffing agencies will be there to help. By connecting with a recruiter sooner rather than later, your name will be at the top of their list. Plus, since staffing firms charge companies and not candidates, you won’t have to pay anything for their services. Learn more about How To Earn Good Money with a Staffing Agency in this blog post.
Step #5 – Start Applying for Jobs
And that’s it. Hopefully, when the lockdowns end, you’ll be well on your way to finding a new position. Best of luck job hunting!
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