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Picking Yourself Up: What To Do If You Lost Your Job During COVID-19

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The global pandemic has caused issues all over the world. Many of us have been confined to our homes and businesses forced to close to help us get through this crisis. Some of those businesses were already struggling financially and had to fold. Leaving lots of people without an income and out of work. If you are one of those people, don’t panic. Take a breath and focus on moving forward. 

It can feel like the rug has been pulled from under your feet, especially if you have a young family to care for. The very first thing you need to do is to digest the information for a few days. Try not to let yourself become anxious, but take a few days to adjust to the news before you take the first steps forward. Our mental health is more important than anything right now, so a few days making the most of our family and the time now found available, will help to give you motivation moving forward. 

Taking action starts with understanding the situation you are in right now. So take a look at your personal finances. Do you have accessible savings? Does your partner have a good income? What expenses do you have every month? Make a list of everything so you can see exactly how much money you have available and what your situation looks like. 

This will highlight how quickly you need to return to work. In some cases, if you are in a really hard financial situation, then you might need to take any work available in the meantime. This could be working as a delivery driver if you have your car, or you could look into work that helps assist the current pandemic. Don’t worry if this seems like a huge step back in your career. It’s not. Instead remember it is a stepping stone to help you get to your new life. 

You should get in touch with a few recruitment agencies. This will help you find more opportunities, and they can help you rework your resume to give you a better chance of success. However, don’t rely just on them to find you a new job, you should get out there and start looking for yourself too. Speak to friends and family – you may find they have inside information from the companies they work at. 

Take this time to also look at anywhere you could save money, and if there is any support, you can request from your local authorities. You might find you are eligible for assistance which could help to stabilize your situation at home if you need immediate financial support. Losing a job can seem like a negative in your life, and you might feel really down about it. However, try to focus on it as a positive new start. Life pushing you towards something that will give you a better future. Hard situations have a habit of being followed by amazing surprises.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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