Getting back to work: Experts stress to be open for any opportunity

Posted at 1:40 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 13:40:46-04

For job seekers, opportunities are few and far between amid the coronavirus. It's unbelievably stressful.

As a movie producer, Greg Morrison is more familiar than most with being in between jobs. But this … this is different.

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"The hardest thing about being unemployed right now is that there’s only so much you can do, and the frustration of that drives you crazy," he said.

Both Greg and his girlfriend are among the millions out of work because of the pandemic. This 33-year-old is constantly searching for jobs that don’t exist.

"You have to do something to keep yourself sane in these times, I have to go to bed every night knowing I tried to get a job," he said.

But experts say what Greg is doing, is actually the best option. Because when the job market does open back up, he’ll be positioned for success.

Peter Swan, a recruiter for Workhuman, said while losing your job can be stressful, keeping and open mind is key.

"I think it starts with the mindset, how do we look at this situation to grasp the situation and say this is a way to rewrite your story moving forward," Swan said.

Some tips he has for job searchers.

– Be flexible - maybe consider an industry you never thought of.

– Practice interviewing – even if it’s just at home with a spouse or roommate.
– Think of stories – use this downtime to come up with stories to share in an interview
– Keep networking – it will be vital when companies start hiring again

As for jobs that may return first. Analysts think industries with low person to person contact might be high on the list.

Jobs connected to large sporting events, concerts, conferences – much lower.

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