The sudden loss of a job is shocking at any time, but it is particularly frightening during a coronavirus pandemic.
With the unemployment rate expected to rise rapidly, COVID-19 is proving to be a ball of economic destruction.
“Almost every company and almost every sector has been hurt, so it really makes this a very, very different experience for the job seeker,” says David Lewis, founder and CEO of OperationsInc, a Norvalk company in Connecticut, Norway. than 1,000 customers in 50 states.
“The last thing a jobseeker wants to hear about in a normal economy is patience, and it’s the best advice I can get for someone who becomes unemployed in this market.”
Still, there are several steps you can take to try to gain some control over your situation if you suddenly find yourself unemployed.
Here is what you can do.
Application for unemployment benefits
Unemployment Insurance is a collaboration between the federal government and the state governments to provide compensation to people who try to find work but cannot find it. As soon as you lose your job, contact the state unemployment insurance program to start the process. Visit this page to get started.
The good news is that rapidly running through the Congress of the laws of the two sides are expected to increase the average weekly unemployment benefit about 600 dollars for four months.
Lost the show? A new option is coming
So-called “gig economy” workers, such as Uber drivers and freelance contractors, are generally not eligible for unemployment insurance. But if federal legislation adopts a new program, it would offer unprecedented unemployment benefits for the self-employed and contractors.
Keep up to date on the recording of these benefits, but you are well placed to do so through the typical unemployment insurance program in your state.
Call back your spending
It sounds obvious, but you may need to reduce your costs as an unemployed person to make sure you can pay the bills.
People who lose their jobs during a coronavirus pandemic and get extra unemployment insurance should “rationalize it as if they were eating food as if they were stuck on a desert island,” Lewis said.
Continue to work for a company that hires right away
Contrary to what you think, some employers are hiring right now – and hiring for droves.
Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Dollar General, Instacart, Domino, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut and other employers have jointly announced their intention to hire at least 800,000 workers to monitor demand growth.
If you have to make up for lost revenue quickly, you should consider it.
Warehouse and distribution, packaging, forklift and food production opportunities are coming, says Debra Thorpe, US operations director and CEO, Kelly Services.
“Everything tied to the essential skills we need to keep the economy moving is hot and stimulating,” he said. “We are seeing a shift from manufacturing to these other moving and agile skills.”
Get a billing case
Most of the major non-profit institutions throughout the country offer payment facilities to customers affected by a pandemic. Contact your local service provider to report the situation.
Companies such as PG&E, Dominion, Duke Energy, and DTE Energy all offer relief and cut off interruptions during this time. Some also offer flexible payment plans.
Some companies, such as cable and Internet service provider Comcast, waive late fees for customers who call to say they can’t pay their bills on time right now.
Don’t just assume that the company knows you’re having trouble. Contact them and be prepared to submit documents if necessary.
Update LinkedIn and get your resume together
You might want to spend this time watching Netflix, and that’s normal. Also, try to save time updating your LinkedIn profile and polishing your resume.
Although employers may not currently be hiring, it is a good idea to be prepared as they continue to increase jobs.
According to Lewis, jobseekers should think “how do you make yourself more marketable, how do you improve your skills, how do you make them the most attractive candidate?”
Start Networking Now (Digitally)
Businesses are likely to see applicants get damaged as soon as they resume hiring, so a breakthrough may be more difficult than ever. This means that networking is very important.
So take this time to communicate with friends and colleagues, past and present, about your situation, your skills, and your achievements.
“Find the side doors through the front door,” Lewis said.
Find job retraining resources
You may not be able to take the courses in person, but federal, state, and local governments have set up a variety of workplace retraining programs, including online courses. This may be a good time to turn to a new career.
You can also try hosting online courses through a free point of sale like Khan Academy, or even gain skills through YouTube.
“This is a great opportunity for people to improve their skills,” Thorpe said.
He suggested taking online courses to improve presentation skills, gain IT skills, obtain a project management certificate, or obtain design skills.
“We have a lot of things we can do to keep people engaged in our time,” Thorpe said.
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