More than 26 million jobs have been lost in the United States since the end of March. So now more than ever, getting back to the basics is of the utmost importance. Here are four must-follow steps to ensure your return to the workforce and help you to remain positive and productive during the pandemic.
1. Recognize and manage emotions of loss.
We are all “doers.” This means when what we do changes or stops, our instinct is to find something new to do as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, that quest means we often neglect to recognize, honor and let go of the loss that just occurred.
Remember that your emotions, whatever they may be, are all part of a grieving process. For you to move on to a new position with the right mindset, you need to process these emotions.
If you’re feeling paralyzed by your thoughts and feelings, don’t be hesitant to seek out help. The National Alliance for Mental Health offers free support online at nami.org and by phone at 1-800-950-6264.
If you’re in the Lancaster County region, the Samaritan Counseling Center (717-560-9969) is another resource that can help you navigate this season.
2. Seek every possible resource.
Applying for unemployment compensation is your first resource to focus on. Be diligent and apply online if you are able.
Remember to always use your phone’s wireless connection rather than public Wi-Fi to make your application and claims. This is much safer for your data and personal information.
Applying online is the best way to apply for unemployment, but the sheer numbers of individuals doing so may overwhelm the system at times. Keep trying! Perseverance is a valuable trait during times like this.
If, however, you do not have a computer or a private Wi-Fi connection to apply, you can apply by phone at 1-888-313-7284.
Also, check into the free resources available in our region from the Lancaster CareerLink.
3. Create a professional resume and LinkedIn presence
Your resume and social media presence should show yourself to the hiring world in a positive and professional way.
If you do not have a LinkedIn account, it’s free and easy to get started with their online guide. Remember, LinkedIn is the number one platform for job seekers to network and to be seen by recruiters. It’s a one-stop shop to let everyone know you’re looking for a new position, as well as what your qualifications are.
4. Network, network, network.
According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University, 70% jobs are found through networking.
But how do you connect during this period of social distancing? There are many ways!
Try sending your resume to your trusted network through emails. Contribute to discussions on LinkedIn. Attend a webinar that helps to improve your skills. Join a virtual networking group to meet people that do what you do – or what you want to do. The list is endless!
Remember, most people enjoy helping others, particularly if they have a good relationship with you. Don’t be pushy, but also don’t be hesitant to reach out and ask for assistance!
If you’d like to learn more about job searching and resume development, email [email protected] to set up a free consultation.