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The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing economic unrest across the world.  Many companies are laying off staff or disappearing altogether. Unemployment has already risen by an estimated 22 million since mid-March. 

You may think that there’s no point in looking for a job right now.  While the conditions are challenging in the extreme, there are still some things you should be doing to give yourself the best chance of finding work. There are still companies hiring if you search smart. 

These are some of the things you should be doing to help yourself find a job right now. 

You may think that there’s no point in looking for a job right now. While the conditions are challenging in the extreme, there are still some things you should be doing to give yourself the best chance of finding work. There are still companies hiring if you search smart.

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Step 1: Find Out Your Financial Entitlements

The government is trying hard to cushion the blow of furloughs and unemployment.  Inevitably, trying to get something this complicated off the ground is taking some time.  There are many questions being asked around people’s entitlement to stimulus checks, will retirees get a stimulus check or is it only for those of working age? 

Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be eligible for help, which can take some of the immediate pressure of your job hunt.  

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Step 2: Look For Industries Unaffected By The Pandemic

Most sectors are being adversely affected by the pandemic, but not all.  Food producers and sellers are experiencing unprecedented demand, as are medical manufacture and supply medical equipment.  

Many companies with an online presence, who don’t have a physical store, will feel less of an impact and may still be hiring. 

Step 3: Acknowledge The Unique Situation

The effect of COVID-19 on society has happened fast.  No one could have predicted it even a year ago. As such, everyone is facing this new situation as best they can.  HR departments are no different. They are likely to be overwhelmed at present so you will have to take this into account when looking for a position. 

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Step 4: Polish Up Your resume 

Be ready to pounce on a job opportunity by updating your resume. If you work in an industry that requires a portfolio, work on that too.  

If you have previous experience of working remotely, this is a great time to draw attention to that. Successful remote working requires slightly different skills and it is very likely that remote working will become more popular after this is all over. 

“Experience in the industry isn’t easy to find. But internships and work placements can give you a head start when applying for fully paid permanent roles. In today’s climate, transferrable outside skills are essential too.” – Mistakes Of A Millennial During The Job Hunting Process

Take advantage of any free time to you have to update your skills. Many professional development courses are being offered for free, or at greatly reduced prices at the moment.  Identify any areas that you might need to add to your skillset. 

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Step 5: Reach Out To Your Network

People love helping others, especially in times of crisis.  Now is a great time to update your linkedin profile and reach out to your network of friends, colleagues and business connections.  Many jobs are never advertised, people find out about them through their connections.  

It’s still possible to network while social distancing.  Join online forums and groups, ask business connections for a virtual coffee. 

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