by Marsha Petrie Sue
Economic downturn, pandemic, and other factors have left many people jobless. It doesn’t matter if you were laid off, furloughed, pink-slipped, given walking papers, displaced, Riffed (Reduction in Force) or discharged – you don’t have employment. So, what can be done?
- Most importantly, stay hopeful and positive. Keeping energy up provides the stamina to be focused.
- Be creative in putting together your resume. Adobe has several interesting templates. List the benefits of your skills, not just the features.
- Go online to the many websites available and look for your current position to verify your salary and benefits. Oh, I know – no one has a job like yours. Just come close!
- Choose a different industry completely. What have you always wanted to do? It may be turning a hobby into a business.
- Search Indeed for “urgently hiring” or “hiring immediately” to view immediate openings. Do the same with hashtags #nowhiring or “hiring” on LinkedIn and social media sites. That will give you a sense of what jobs are in demand.
- The best industries to search would be healthcare, grocery stores, and cleaning services. Amazon is hiring 175,000 full and part-time positions and Walmart has hired 200,000.
- Consider the work-at-home option. Click here for some options.
- Have a true belief in yourself. Be assertive and always stand up for your rights while not violating the rights of others. This self-awareness and confidence allow a realistic view of the current events and will help you evaluate your fears more objectively.
As a professional speaker, 95% of my work has been keynotes, training, and executive coaching in person. When companies shut down, or the staff were working at home, meetings were forced to go virtual. Thanks to companies such as InsideOutLearning, and others I quickly learned how to more effectively present using Zoom, WebEx, Blue Jeans, GoToMeeting, and others. In addition, I received my Certified Virtual Presenter certification.
This might just be a turning point in your work life. I wish you the best of success!
Success is not final, and failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill
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Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA