Coronavirus Job Loss?
We all have been caught off guard with the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. economy was booming, the stock market was strong and employment levels were the highest in years. Then BOOM! out of what seemed like no where -- millions lost their jobs. Many who had very secure jobs, in ALL industries, at ALL levels were suddenly unemployed due to this terrible pandemic. Our worldwide government leaders failed us, they didn't give enough importance to the Coronavirus and didn't listen to the medical experts. They ALL just downplayed the virus...and were to late trying to contain the virus.
Please know that you didn’t do anything wrong, this was NOT your fault – and you are not alone.
Top executives, business owners, factory workers, doctors and other professionals (older and younger) in all industries have ALL been impacted in some way. No one has escaped!
No way is this a reflection on your professional merits. You still have your skills that many employers want and greatly desire. Once things return to the "new normal" (whatever that may look like), you will be back in demand to be hired. Perhaps even in a better position, with greater growth potential. In the meantime, you must look at your finances, stay strategic, and build an action plan keeping you focused and ready to act.
Have a firm grip on your financial status and clearly know your current situation:
Once you get a better handle on your finances and have your healthcare taken care of, you will feel more secure just by knowing where you stand and being able to take immediate steps to lower your monthly costs and have a peace of mind should you or a family member get sick.
Coronavirus Job Loss? As it turns out, not all industries are suffering losses due to Covid-19. To find out what market sectors are thriving search online job boards, read industry publications and look to see which companies need people.
Food supply, online shopping, retail stores like The Home Depot, Lowes or Costco and certain technology companies continue to do well -- and in fact may be doing better than before the pandemic.
Consider doing work outside of your regular field. Stay with what you are comfortable with and most importantly, DO NOT PANIC. There may be times when taking less compensation makes perfect sense!
The pandemic won’t last forever…so think outside the box when it comes to finding work that’s a good fit.
You know the drill…making a good impression during an in-office interview sets you above other candidates.
Now, everything is virtual and may stay that way as companies are finding it just as effective to do Zoom, Teams or GoToMeetings meets...and industries that were not fully digital have been forced to transition online.
This is also a great opportunity for those of us over 50 to show that we are just as tech savvy as those younger. It’s a great way to show that you have kept up with trends and technology and are updated with all the modern means of communications and comfortable in this new digital world.
Coronavirus Job Loss? To prepare, learn a little bit about more about online job search and interviewing best practices. If needed…practice just having a conversation with a friend through a free service like Zoom, JoinMe or Skype.
Make sure you are comfortable with all of the new digital tools in order to make a great first impression.
Coronavirus Job Loss? Even though you may feel isolated physically, digitally you still have access to your entire personal and professional network -- should use them. Reach out over email, LinkedIn, or social media...STAY IN-TOUCH!
Learn more about the strength of networking here!
There is good news about taking this step during Covid-19. Since this pandemic has affected everyone, you will not have to explain too much about your current situation…Your network will get it and will be sympathetic.
Join industry networking groups, stay in-touch with like minds within you industry and other related verticals. Write an article on LinkedIn…get published in an industry newsletter – get noticed!
Coronavirus Job Loss? You may have to pivot significantly…This means you should look at your qualifications in terms of skill set in addition to achievements and responsibilities.
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Coronavirus Job Loss?
Now is an ideal time for expanding your skillset, using the internet you can learn a variety of new skills to help with your job search. There are many online portals where you can take classes, like Skillshare, edX, Udemy and more. Many educational companies are offering longer free trials or a greater selection of free online classes, seminars and industry specific free offerings.
Look into online offerings from local libraries, re-employment resources (usually connected with your local Unemployment Office). This is the perfect time to upgrade your knowledge with little to no financial investment.
Coronavirus Job Loss? It is easy to get caught up in the feeling of urgency…take active steps as soon as possible. Keep your energy high by establishing a regular routine for job hunting activities, but DO NOT forget time for yourself -- so build in time for rest and recreation.
Do not forget the spiritual side of things. Take care of yourself. Take that yoga class or read that book you always wanted to read…go for long walks (following social distancing rules of course) – you know the saying – take time and smell the roses.
All great ways to destress and stay the course...It may be some time before we see the “new normal”.
This site's success will hinge on me helping you solve problems. For those of us over 50, we face more challenges than others younger than us when competing for jobs and getting doors to open.
I invite you all to share your stories of challenge and successes. We all can learn from those who have faced the same challenges. The idea here is to help and be helped - so please add your comment or insight!
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