Finding Work During the Pandemic and Reopening Phase
Updated: Mar 27, 2021
by Annita M. Taylor, MBA, MSN, APRN, ANP
The Coronavirus outbreak has caused a global economic crisis. Unemployment rates are at an all-time high due to this, and this trickles down to affect each person and their job security. The backlash of the pandemic has hit those working in the leisure and hospitality fields, retail, and other non-essential sectors the hardest. If you are someone who has been affected by this, don’t lose hope; there are still things you can do to get back to work. Now that the lockdown is easing up, businesses are going to be looking to rehire their workforces. Here are some tips to help you land the job:
Look for sectors that are currently hiring. Start looking for jobs online, and see the most recently posted jobs. Though a lot of businesses have cut down on their staff, there are still some sectors that are hiring - apply to those first!
Customize your job application for the specific job you are applying for. First, the job market is extremely competitive right now, so a generic application sent out to every sector won’t cut it. You need to be able to stand out as perfect for the job you are applying to.
Start working on your skills and try to add more under your belt. First, start by looking at the jobs available and see what kind of particular skills you need. If you already have the skills, work on them to perfect them. If you feel you lack the skills, find online classes and add them to your application.
Finally, while you’re on your job search, look for freelance work that allows you to work from home. Brush up on your writing, organizational and communication skills to secure a freelance job to help you get by.
Keep in mind that you are most likely going to have your job interview online. Find a spot in your home that is clean and uncluttered, dress well, and be enthusiastic about the job you are giving the interview for. Don’t bad mouth your previous employer or over-share personal details. Other than that, these tips should help you back in the working world in no time!
Stay safe, informed, and healthy!
NP, A.M. Taylor