According to a new poll by Angus Reid, nearly half of Canadians have lost their jobs recently due to the (Covid-19) coronavirus. It can be frustrating to deal with the instability that follows being laid off let alone think about how to get a job again. There are a few tell tale signs that indicate that you may need a new career.
If you’ve found yourself at a crossroads, with a lot of free hours in the day, it may be time to brush up your skills and experience for potential employers. Start paying attention to the labour market trends, and which industries are remaining stable despite a pandemic. If your industry is crashing, finding a job will be next to impossible in your current field.
The uncertainty of the world’s pandemic state, and how fast we can recover, also come into play to help determine what financial stability will look like. This means more than just a full time job, it’s important to have the right type of job for your life moving forward.
It can take a while, depending on the steps you need to take, before you reach your career goals. During times like these it can take even longer, as many businesses suffer a major loss. There may not be positions available for you. This doesn’t mean though that you should give up and do nothing, instead try to learn a new skill or work somewhere else temporarily. Places such as grocery stores are still hiring, due to the demands placed on them by the COVID-19 restrictions set by the government.
Once you have made up your mind on what type of job you want to pursue you will have a better understanding of the skills you need to add onto your resume. Applying for a job with a new set of skills sets you apart from the rest of the applicants. Your career position may also require that you enrol in a diploma course, or other training.
Build up your network with potential employers, this can be done online through Linkedin. Make connections with industry professionals in your industry. Connecting with hiring managers can help you get a job offer and more insight into future job openings.
The job hunt can be overwhelming, but once you do research into the job postings available, and have tips in your tool belt on how to conduct a good job search, landing the position will be easy. Apply online through job boards, as well as through your network contacts.
Try to maintain a positive outlook as building a career will take time and factors such as whether or not you need education or training can determine the timeline. With physical buildings all on lockdown, now is a good time to enrol in online programs to add to your resume.