Seven tips for getting back on career ladder if you lose job in coronavirus crisis – Mirror Online - Freelance Rack

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Seven tips for getting back on career ladder if you lose job in coronavirus crisis – Mirror Online

Millions of people had their working lives transformed dramatically as we were forced into lockdown.

Many are still facing all kinds of changes as things gradually ease and we try to get back to some sort of normality.

Currently, 22% of people are working fewer hours and 27% have been furloughed, while 7% have been forced to close their own businesses temporarily.

Overall, more than two out of five people say that their work has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

And while many of these jobs have been protected by government schemes, there are already signs that huge numbers of them are still at risk.

The Office for National Statistics figures show that as many as 612,000 people may have lost their jobs due to the crisis.

Think about going for something more secure next time (stock image) (Image: Getty)

One in five people say their finances are being affected, and out of them, 68% say their income has dropped, while 7% say they have no income at all.

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There are some groups of people who have been particularly badly affected, including those working in hospitality, hotels, recreation and entertainment.

People working on a freelance basis have also found an enormous amount of their work has dried up as businesses close or cut freelance budgets.

There was a record drop in the number of self-employed workers between February and April – down 131,000.

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Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst from investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown, says: “Almost one in five people (17%) say this crisis has persuaded them they should look for a more secure job. This rises to almost one in three (30%) of those aged 18 to 34, our recent research shows.

“Looking for work has got more difficult, because the number of jobs being advertised has fallen through the floor.

“The number of vacancies in May fell to a record low of 476,000. This is down 342,000 from three months earlier – the largest fall since records began.”

We have some horribly insecure months ahead, so it might be a good idea to start making preparations to put you in the best possible position to bounce back if you lose your job.

Create a good CV

There are about 20 people going for every job at the moment, and in some areas it is closer to 50, so your CV needs to really stand out from the crowd.

You need to create a master CV with all of your work history and experience, and then tailor it for each job your apply for.

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Once you have a CV ready to go, make sure you check and double check it for grammar and spelling mistakes. It is also worth asking someone else to give it the once over to ensure it is presenting you in the best possible light.

Embrace LinkedIn

It is hardly the most exciting social media platform, but all sorts of companies advertise vacancies on the site, and it will help people to come across you, too. Make sure your profile is professional and up to date.

7 ways to keep calm and carry on in this

Working from home and not going out half as much as we once did may become the new norm and we need to learn how to adapt and keep ourselves mentally and physically healthy.

We’ve teamed up with Fish4jobs and psychotherapist Jasmine El-Doori (psychotherapy4you.co.uk) to bring you some ways to cope in this constantly changing world.

Jasmine says: “It’s a time of uncertainty with many stressing about their job security, finances, health anxieties and daily concerns about accessing shops and vital services.” These tips may help you to cope:

1. If working from home is to go on for good, it is important to draw boundaries between work and domestic life.

People have reported working longer hours from home. Devise a routine that works for you; without that early commute, you have time to begin the day with exercise or take a lunchtime walk to break up the day. Make it work for you.

2. To keep your mood stable, it helps to accept that you have no control over much of the current situation. It can be damaging to hold on to anger that fights against the “new normal” and wish for your old life back.

3. It’s important to accept that this new routine is for now and that it will not last forever. Dwelling on “when will this end?” can exacerbate anxiety and depression.

4. Do not focus on timescales. Making plans for the future weeks and months ahead can feel heavy in a climate of uncertainty. Instead, focus on today, knowing this will get easier.

5. Keep up with the news, but don’t get trapped feeling the need to be always switched on to hear every changing moment. Too much absorption can magnify anxious feelings.

6. If you now have extra downtime, catch up on your reading, do yoga and meditation, clear the garden, or spruce up our living space.

7. Enjoy the small things, the feeling of the sun on your face, the flowers blooming, cooking your favourite meal or catching up with friends.

Take some time linking to your connections, too. You never know who might have a job up their sleeve. It can be a good way to find out more about your potential next boss or firm, by connecting with them and getting to know how they operate.

Check social media

There’s a chance future employers will be looking for you, so it’s worth a bit of effort going through all of your social media accounts to ensure they are suitable for potential bosses’ eyes. If you have private accounts, make sure you double check the settings to limit who can see them.

Social media can help (stock image) (Image: Getty)

Before you post anything public, take a second to think whether you would be happy for a future employer to see it. Those jokes and personal pictures may be fun amongst friends and family but not appropriate for the professional world of work.

Improve your skills

During the crisis, the Government has launched The Skills Toolkit with free online courses to help improve digital and numeracy skills that might be worth a look. You can find courses to help you get to grips with IT and use programs like Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Be flexible

The number of jobs being advertised varies dramatically across different industries. So, while job advertising in the accommodation and food services industry is around a third of the level just before the crisis hit, the number of health and social care vacancies being advertised is down less than a fifth and it remains higher than in any other sector.

Giving your learnings a free boost

Brushing up on skills or learning new ones could help you find your next role.

To help, Microsoft and LinkedIn are giving 25 million people free access to learning resources and interview tools.

LinkedIn analysed data to identify the 10 jobs most in demand in today’s economy.

The jobs have the highest number of openings, pay a good wage, offer long-term stability and can be learned online. They are:

1. Software Developer, 2. Sales Representative, 3. Project Manger, 4. IT Administrator, 5. Customer Service Specialist, 6. Digital Marketer, 7. IT Support/Help Desk, 8. Data Analyst, 9. Financial Analyst, 10. Graphic Designer.

At opportunity.linkedin.com you can get access to courses to help you gain the skills you need for each of these 10 in-demand jobs.

There are also 500 more courses, which cover all sorts of sectors.

 It’s worth considering whether you have any skills that you can apply in different industries, and whether you can shift into a growing industry – at least for the time being.

Many skills are totally transferable from one industry to another, you just need to be clever about how you present them on your CV and at interviews.

Put the time in

Looking for a job is a full-time job. You need to be prepared to go through the jobs websites every day and to tailor your CV and covering letter for every available role.

Don’t just settle for sending off one application per day, the more you send out the better the chance you have of landing a job.

It can be profoundly depressing going through endless job adverts and applying and being rejected.

But keep going, it will pay off – just make sure you factor in plenty of breaks and some exercise and don’t give up.



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