The BLS reported today that another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week that ended April 11. So, since mid-March, over 22 million Americans have filed for initial unemployment benefits, shattering the previous record from 2009. If you’re unfortunately one of these millions of hardworking professionals out of work due to COVID-19, it can be discouraging. However, we have a few easy suggestions for you to make the best of a rough situation. Here’s what to do if you’ve been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Take a few days to reflect
This can be a tough reality to face. Don’t feel the need to rush right into your job search. It’s perfectly acceptable (and recommended) to take some time to reflect on your current situation. Evaluate where you are in your career and where you would like to be. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on your career and develop a game plan. Take some time to relax, decompress, and enjoy time with your family. This will help you commence your job search with the right mindset and will ultimately set you up for success.
Give your resume facelift
After you’ve taken some time to reflect, the first thing you should do if you’ve been laid off is to give your resume a facelift. Take some time to review the most recent copy of your resume and identify areas that you need to bolster. Make sure your work experience is up to date with your most recent position and accomplishments. Add any certifications or skills that you have recently honed to your arsenal. Go through your accolades and ensure nothing is missing. But most importantly, be sure you tailor your resume to whichever job you are applying for to ensure you get past an ATS and on the (virtual) desk of a hiring manager.
Here’s a great overview we designed to help you build a jaw-dropping resume.
Network your heart out
Now that your resume is looking sharp, you can kickoff your virtual networking efforts. Due to COVID-19, it will probably be challenging to network in person, so you will have to rely on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great professional networking and relationship building tool. Connect with old classmates, former and current co-workers, and industry leaders you admire. Join groups related to your industry, and start conversations with like-minded professionals. These are easy ways to make new connections that you can leverage on your job search. LinkedIn also has thousands of jobs posted on its site that you won’t want to miss!
Overall, LinkedIn is a wonderful platform to network with other professionals in your field. If you’re new to the platform, here’s an excellent guide our team has provided.
Sign up for our Talent Network
If you really want to start your job search off on the right foot, join our Talent Network. Our Talent Network is filled with exclusive job opportunities across the country. You can create email alerts that match your background and interests, so you never miss an opportunity again. Sign up today to partner with one of our recruiters here at Johnson Search Group. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.