Every industry worldwide has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s uncertain world presents a unique set of circumstances for job seekers who have become furloughed or lost their jobs.

With no end to COVID-19 in sight and more than 21 million Americans claiming some form of unemployment insurance, things aren’t looking good. This “second wave” is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to lay off workers. More bad news: the extended benefits provided by the CARES Act will soon be ending, which will be a tough blow for many job seekers who are relying on these funds to survive.

I have found that it is possible to face these uncertain times with resilience by using Emotional Intelligence, creating a job search plan, and having a positive mindset.

With this in mind, if you or someone you know has been laid off, here are 3 smart, tangible steps to take now:

[1] Apply for unemployment benefits. The CARES Act provides assistance to people who may not normally be eligible for unemployment. Check dol.gov/coronavirus for more information. Note: these extended benefits will soon be ending, and at the time this article was written, there was no word on an extension.

[2] Take care of your health -physical & mental. Coping with stress in healthy ways will make you & your loved ones stronger. Check out cdc.gov/coronavirus.

[3] Begin your job search. The 2 biggest job search mistakes I see are 1.) using outdated resume formats and/or job search techniques, and 2.) not having a clear career target. If you are targeting multiple industries or aren’t sure of your next career move, this article can help you clarify your career path. If you’re not up-to-date on best practices for resumes and job search in 2020, check out this comprehensive article on current trends and forecasts for 2021.

While these times are by no means ideal, there are positions out there for qualified individuals. Remember: you’re not alone! If you’re feeling stuck, contact me to book a free call.

Best of luck in your search!