Certainly by now you have read and heard about how the economy is being negatively impacted by the pandemic. You may have also read and heard about some good changes that are happening as well. Many people prefer working from home and companies are evolving their protocol to accommodate this. Then there’s you, probably stuck somewhere in the middle.
Perhaps you are panicked because you are out of work, living on unemployment, or watching the last remains of your stimulus check go dry. Isolation may have you feeling listless and trapped over what to do. You may have lost your drive and ambition. Your thoughts may have become destructive, and your recovery—unimportant.
If you have arrived at this point, it’s time to change your approach and outlook on life. It’s time to get yourself back on your feet and find new ways to seek employment. Your recovery could depend on it.
Never limit your job-hunting efforts to just hoping that something will come along. This philosophy will further drive you away from finding work that you enjoy and keep you from actively seeking job opportunities, even when they are right in front of you. The “fast cash” approach is also a hard way to live and can damage your self-esteem when you are constantly under pressure to find the next way to make money. Taking a close look at your finances to see what you have saved and what benefits you could apply for can be very helpful. These results will also indicate if you need to follow a budget.
If you are in a position where you have no benefits and no savings, there are still jobs available. They might not be desirable but they are often more stable than soliciting people for online gigs that may or may not pan out, or simply hoping another opportunity will come along. These jobs may include stocking grocery shelves, working in a shipping warehouse, or if you have a car, delivering food or groceries. There is no shame in doing any of these jobs, so don’t be hard on yourself. Many view these jobs that keep our supply chain moving and get people the supplies they need as heroic, especially right now.
Despite today’s challenges, you should be thinking beyond the pandemic. How will I come out of this? Where do I see myself when the world gets back to normal? If you are waiting to apply to “real” jobs because you think nobody will hold interviews now, then you are missing an opportunity to position yourself to have a great job when the world returns to a somewhat normal work environment.
Think about your network and broaden it. Websites like LinkedIn are great for connecting with people who are in positions to refer or hire you. You can appeal to employers by promoting yourself, your qualities, and your experience. Your former colleagues can also leave reviews and endorsements to help you.
Do not be afraid to seek employers and send them cold emails. If you professionally frame your message, you could start a relationship with an employer that leads to an even better opportunity. Put yourself out there because you deserve a job as much as anyone else.
Compile a list of people that could help you with your career pursuit, including their names, emails, and phone numbers. Stay in touch with them and follow up if they do not get back to you right away. You can further motivate yourself by setting dates to reach out and dates to follow up. This continues to let the contact know that you care and that you are interested in finding a job.
It’s important to do your homework as well. Research the position and ask for more information, such as who the hiring managers are and if you can contact them. This level of interest goes a long way in making an impression on an employer. Many people who are seeking jobs don’t go any further than making an online profile and applying — so this kind of follow-up and interest may put you ahead of the rest.
Schedule Meetings to Sell Yourself
Take advantage of the extra free time you have right now. Those who can employ you or refer you to others may have extra time right now as well — you can take advantage of this by setting up meetings, which are a great way to introduce (or re-introduce) yourself. Meetings are also a good opportunity to pitch yourself and impress the potential employer by asking them questions about the position.
This is why researching the position is a must. By asking detailed questions about the specifics of the position, you not only engage the potential employer but show them how serious you are about the job.
If they express that they like you but do not have a position available, do not be afraid to ask them if they can refer you to another department or if you can follow up again at a later date.
Always follow up with a thank-you note — no matter how the meeting plays out. A thank-you note leaves a lasting impression and improves your chances of being hired if/when a position does become available.
Play the Numbers Game
There is a saying among writers that you have to submit to 300 publishers before getting a single story published. The same is true in the job market — maybe not 300, but the more people you reach out to, the better your chances. It’s a simple numbers game. Continue to grow your network, send cold emails and make cold calls, check job boards daily, and set up meetings because you are destined to find somebody who’s ready to hire you.
You have to start every new job venture somewhere. Stay persistent, and set reasonable expectations. You need to be flexible with whoever is considering you for a job. Certainly you have a desired salary and desired title in mind, but you may not get one or even both right away. Good work ethic always catches the eye of an employer and once that trust is developed, you will likely begin to receive pay raises and title changes — but don’t hinder the opportunity just because you do not get this right off the bat.
You can also apply to positions where you see growth and opportunity. Many people do not get hired because they reach beyond their capabilities and find that they are either in over their head or that the position was far different than originally interpreted. It’s okay to go a little bit outside of your comfort zone in the name of a challenge, but be honest about yourself and what you are capable of.
No matter what, try to maintain some sort of structure every day. This includes all aspects of self-care, including diet and exercise. Understand that you are not alone and by choosing to be proactive, you are separating yourself from many who are being inactive. Your persistence and experience will deliver you the opportunities you need.
Continue to adapt and adjust to the new normal, and learn how to socialize and work under these circumstances. Consider this a form of training — not just for working in the future, but for your recovery. Finally, always keep an ear to the ground. If a friend or family member suggests something that could lead to a job opportunity, be open enough to at least inquire about it. You should never be afraid to ask for help in your job search or in your recovery.
It’s not always to see the opportunities in front of us, especially with the daily stresses many are experiencing today. If you are finding it difficult to adjust and your recovery is in question, it’s time to get help. True Recovery is determined to provide you with 24/7 care that meets your individual needs. To learn more, call us today at (866) 399-6528.