Written by: Connie Huber SHRM-CP PHR
“Hello COVID19, hello unemployment”.-Steven Magee
COVID 19 has introduced much chaos and fear to the world. In addition, the pandemic has drastically changed today’s economic landscape. According to Center for Infectious Disease and Research and Policy, “The country has lost 20.6 million jobs since mid-March. Today’s unemployment rate is now 14.7% and at a level not seen since the Great Depression in 1930’s.
The number of jobs lost more than doubles the number seen in the number seen in the 2007-2009 Great Recession, when 8.7 million Americans lost their jobs.
Before the pandemic, the US marked a 50 year unemployment low in February, with just 3.5% of unemployed Americans.
According to USA Today of the 20.6 million jobs lost, 18 million are expected to be temporary when the pandemic recedes.”
Naomi Buckta is an accomplished professional that has walked in the shoes of being unemployed. Naomi has been very successful recovering from unemployment and securing rewarding future employment opportunities. Recently she also lost her job like many of us. Naomi was very gracious and informative in sharing her action plans she goes through to land a new professional opportunity.
Getting started and continuing a job search is a tough assignment. Not only has your source of income been eliminated but your emotions are on a roller coast ride. You may be depressed, seeking solitude, nursing a fractured self-esteem or hiding out under your bed covers
WHERE TO START
So where do you start in your search? Areas you need to consider in attacking your job search include:
HOW TO SELL YOURSELF
CREATE AN ELEVATOR SPEECH. An elevator speech is a 15-20 second informative overview of who you are and where you are going. The pitch should be a summary of your professional background, your current situation and where you are going. The benefits of the elevator speech help you capitalize on opportunities, forces you to think your profession identity, informs the listener where you are heading and opens the door for meaningful connections.
IMMEDIATE ACTIVITIES: There are several things that require your immediate attention such as get organized; file for unemployment; list your skills, abilities, successes and gifts; begin to organize your resume; list network connections; list target companies; and prepare elevator speech.
Take the time to better understand and know yourself. What are your priorities, what do you want to do with your careers? Does your DISC assessment match your career path? Have you spoken to a career coach/mentor? What does your social network say about you?
SOCIAL MEDIA AND RELATIONSHIPS
SOCIAL MEDIA IMPORTANCE: Plays a big part in letting employers get to know If you are the best candidate for the job. 65% of companies said that social media posts have helped research applicant’s qualifications.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADVANTAGES: There are many social media advantages including your resume is always “on”; your career changes are communicated as they happen; presents career paths that you may not have considered; make new contacts through people you know; establishes your online brand; join groups that share your interests, community, or profession.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS!
Think about who you know? Current/former business associates; peers; past companies; friends; recruiters; connections of your connections. Determine what networking events are available to you.
*PLAN OF ACTION FOR RESUMES, INTERVIEWING, AND UPSKILLING
• COMPANY TARGET LIST
• FUNNEL APPROACH TO JOB SEARCH METHODOLOGY
• REACH OUT DIRECTLY TO HIRING MANAGER & AUTOMATED RECRUITING SITES
• GET OFF THE COACH
• UPSKILL; LEARN WHILE YOU JOB SEARCH BY USING MOOC’S(MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES)
*Chat was extremely active. In response we have provided relevant details. Plan of actions were many and useful. Please see this list for the details on the different plan of actions:
GET OFF THE COUCH!
You will feel better and may even find some leads. Volunteer and be active in your community. Make a 30 day commitment. Add it to your resume and LinkedIn. Upskilling is very beneficial to your future and can be done while your unemployed.
MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES
Now with extra time you can do those things you have wanted to do but didn’t have time to do so. Some possibilities include do contract work, consult, teach a class, work part time to make ends meet, pack a lunch & take the kids to the park, organize your family photos, or plant an herb garden.
Speak positively about the company you left. Be positive every time you meet people. Every person you talk to can be a potential employer-even if they are currently unemployed.
Attend virtual meetings.
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do”. – Eleanor Roosevelt
PS…..This does not apply to giving haircuts during quarantine.
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Jessica Pierce, Founder & CEO, Career Connectors, closed the meeting by thanking the speakers & the volunteers. The next Career Connectors meetings will be a virtual event on July 15, 2020; “The Leader’s MINDset: Your Values Measure What Matters” and July 22, 2020; “How to Shine Using LinkedIn”. For additional information on this event & future events, please visit the Event Schedule.