It’s safe to say that there is a lot of uncertainty swirling in the job market right now. You may be wondering if things will ever return to the way they were only a few months ago. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions employees are asking about the job market right now.
Will the job market ever recover?
No one can predict the future, and things are certainly in a fluid state at the moment. But we must believe that yes, the job market will recover in the future. In fact, some industries are doing very well right now. Even with record numbers of unemployment filings and lay-offs, things will turn around eventually. It may take a long time, and things might not look quite the same on the other side, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Should I bother looking for a new job?
Yes, it’s still worth looking for a new job. Even if you aren’t finding many available opportunities in your exact field, it’s worth exploring related career fields — you might even be able to learn something new and advance your career in another area if you so choose. It never hurts to apply, because you just never know when something might pay off.
Will it be harder to find a job if I’ve been laid off?
Because of the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the way it’s affected workers across various industries, it’s unlikely that future employers will hold it against you if you’ve been laid off. They’ll know that you’re anxious to get back to work. However, with so many people re-entering the job market at once, the competition will be high — it’s important that you set yourself apart with special skills, extra education, glowing recommendations, etc. to give yourself that leg up.
What if I don’t feel comfortable working right now?
If you’re still at work — perhaps you’re considered an essential worker — but don’t feel comfortable given the nature of the virus, it’s worth speaking to your supervisor about the issue. You may be able to get more personal protective equipment to make the job safer, or your supervisor might be able to work out a special arrangement with modified hours or shifts. Whatever the case may be, your employer should be willing to listen to your concerns and help you feel as comfortable as possible on the job.
How can I find a new job?
Hit the job boards, tap into your existing network, and update your resume and cover letter. There’s no better way to find a new job than to do the work.