#5: Turn your down time into active time.
If you're one of the 40 million Americans who've lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, then you've probably covered the bases to finding new work: updating your resume, searching on career sites, and reaching out to your network. But even with your best efforts, you may be striking out and wondering how to make your job application stand out among the rest.
“Even with the huge disruption to the job market caused by COVID-19, there are definite strategies you can use to stand out from the (larger) crowd,” John Roccia, director of career services at Ama La Vida, tells Woman’s Day. “The common thread to all these tips is this: remember that there are companies hiring right now, and that those hiring managers are also facing unique challenges from the disruption.”
Though applying for a job is stressful, remember that it can be a good time to reassess what you want to do and find something that you could actually stick with for the long haul. (And while you’re searching for your dream job, consider some of the work-from-home gigs that can bring in some extra cash. )