Unemployment because of Covid-19? Healing and moving forward!

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Take a deep breath – Consider your options with fresh eyes

First, allow yourself time to absorb your new reality. Losing a job is unnerving at the best of times, but more so in today’s economic situation. Take care of yourself and heal so that you are mentally and emotionally prepared for the next leg of your journey.

After considerable soul searching, you might realize that, although your job was paying your bills, it did not offer the desired fulfillment. Or, if it was your dream job, it has been permanently abolished.

This might be the opportune time to consider work in a different field or industry. Or to brush up on your skills by going back to school, or signing up for online courses to learn new skills or explore the idea to start your own business.

Either way, important decisions need to be made. Stay positive. Get ready!

To use your time wisely and to move forward:

  1. Invest the time and create a dynamic looking resumé. You can find sample templates online at a nominal price. 
  2. Update and polish your LinkedIn profile with your recent successes and aspirations. Create a buzz around your accomplishments to make you stand out from the competition and be more marketable.
  3. Consider hiring a professional writer to create dynamic cover letters and marketable resumés. Consider more than one resumé for different job opportunities. Also, reuse some of the key buzzwords in the job description. This can help your resumé to pass through the initial computer screening process and land in key decision-makers inboxes.
  4. Speak with an agency in your desired field to explore market trends and opportunities. It is estimated that 90% of jobs are not posted online.
  5. Start dialogues and optimize your social contacts. Reach out to people who might be able to help you in your network.
  6. Increase your visibility and create threads on key social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or other networks that correspond to your field of expertise.
  7. Prepare for potential online interviews. Practice interview sessions with a trusted colleague or coach. Then, practice again!
  8. Start a Blog to leverage your visibility in your market to differentiate you from other competent applicants.
  9. And so much more!

Do you need another pair of eyes to review your resumé? Do you need someone to bounce ideas around or coach you for your interviews? Consider booking a Coach’s Hour session with me.  Or, if you are you exploring a career change and need professional strategic guidance, perhaps consider my Career Transition Program.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 514-839-0505 or zita@izita.ca. It will be my pleasure to assist you in your journey.