Get a Job Or.. Wait it out? The COVID Job Struggle

A lot of us are in limbo right now; what do we do? With the most unforseen event in the last 100 years COVID has put us in a pickle. Do we wait the pandemic out or get a new job. Which probably entails – cutting off your reliable unemployment (Hopefully its not exhausted), a 3 hour application process, 1-2 hours of interviews, a week of training, a month of working “their” schedule before you can say anything, 6 months without insurance or paid time off, and so on all while not even knowing if your going to have your job in the next few months because everything is so up and down.

Even though it feels like the vaccine is on the horizon, arent we in the age group that wont get it for 2-3 years? WHAT DO WE DO? Heres some helpful hints for what to do.

To Get a New Job:

Tip 1: Resume, I am not going to fool you with the details that you should know, I’m going to tell you what I didnt know until recently.

Elaborate on what you do

EX: if you are a manager – one of your skills should be that you manage whatever number of associates you have. If you do P & L one of your skills should be increasing the margins. If you dont know what P & L is you dont do it so dont worry about it.

Tip 2: Craigslist – I always find good jobs, but make sure to do your homework. It takes 2 seconds to google a company.

Tip 3: Try a new field of work. Some fields will be dead for a while, Restaurants, lounges, bars, try going into retail same customer service and if its high end you get commission aka tips. I call it a concierge for clothing.

Tip 4: Should you take a less paying job?

You should ask yourself these questions: Do I have kids; Do I have debt; How much do I owe monthly; Does my unemployment cover costs without stimulus; Kids daycare costs Vs You; Is anyone close to me vulnerable to the virus? Do I want to move in with my parents? Do I want to? Can I take care of myself? I think those will answer the question. We are all in different places, be honest about where you are so you can figure out where u want to go.

Tip 5: LinkedIn- Just so you know, a lot of people use this as a dating website. I got trapped several times thinking i thought this was a job website but they do have the best job listings.

To Stay Home:

Tip 6: Start your own business – everyone is doing it! Getting a license may be difficult depending on how shut down your state government is! If your a home make clean freak, why not start a maid or lawn service, mobile car wash! Working on your own schedule is nice!

Tip 7: Stay at home if you can – Make sure to stay sane! Start a hobby, plenty of hobbies you can do while sitting on your bum. Dont waste the time, even if its by entering Xbox competitions or finding hot new items on Etsy. Millennials can make a rainbow out of a poop emoji we most can figure out a way to stay busy for a year or 2.

Tip 8: Work from Home!! Im hearing this is possible, haven’t seen it done yet.

Push through Millennials we have been through it all! We can do it! We are the most resilient group of people, we are changing the world one day at a time, lets not become the heathens we want to because “they” aren’t taking care of us and passing a stimulus.