LANSING, Mich. — For job seekers, opprtunities are few and far between. Chris Conte has some advice as the nation tries to get back to work.
It’s unbelievably stressful. As a producer in Los Angeles, Greg Morrison is more familiar than most with being in between jobs. But this, this is different. 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. 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." But experts say what Greg is doing, is actually the best option. Because when the job market does open back he’ll be positioned for success.
You want to be down in the dumps about it but then everyone else is going through the same thing. The biggest thing to know everything happens for a reason, having the mindset leads you to better opportunities. That’s Peter Swan. He’s a recruiter for Workhuman.
He understand losing your job can be incredibly stressful, but he also says to keep an open mind. 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.
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 are much lower.
Take a deep breath and know you’ll get through this and we’ll get through this as well (last bite)
No matter how few jobs there are, or how many people I talked to say ‘I’m sorry we’re not hiring right now,’ it does not stop me one bit.
As the country rebounds, attitude, will be everything.
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