COVID-19 has made swift and massive changes to the global economy. As a result, many previously employed workers around the world are now facing unemployment.
In the United States, an estimated 46 percent of employees have suffered either a job loss or a significant reduction in hours as a result of the coronavirus crisis. In the U.K., the unemployment rate was climbing before COVID-19 disrupted the situation to make it even worse. Economists are predicting at least 6 percent unemployment in the U.K. by May of 2020. It could reach an average of 12 percent in the Eurozone. In Australia, the jobless rate is expected to reach 10 percent.
If you’re one of the workers who has been displaced by the recent crisis, you’ll want to be aware of the following 4 types of online resources that could help you to find a new job:
Covid-19 Jobs: Government Career Portals
COVID-19 has, thus far, actually been financially beneficial to some sorts of businesses such as grocery retailers, logistics companies and seed purveyors. Some of these businesses are frantically hiring new help as they scramble to meet the surging demand for make-at-home foods, cleaning supplies, seeds and gardening tools.
Some state and national governments have created or upgraded career portals to help out-of-work citizens to transition from unemployment to new jobs in these high-demand industries. The following are a few of these portals:
- State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
- State of Kansas COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
- State of Alabama COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
- Tennessee Talent Exchange
- COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Employers in Missouri
- Australian Government Jobs Hub
If you don’t see a portal mentioned for your specific area, you can contact your local officials to ask if one is available or in the works.
Online Training Providers
Your career opportunities are frequently limited by your skill set and academic credentials. If a lack of skills is holding you back from finding the type of job you want, you may wish to consider enrolling in a free or paid training course, certification program or degree program to obtain the skills you’ll need.
You have many options. Right now, as many schools close and students adjust to learning from home, a number of online learning providers are offering their resources and courses to the public for free. If you want to seek work in the tech sector, certification programs can be valuable for getting your skills up to date. If you’d be interested in distance learning in a broad variety of subject niches from Australian course providers, Training.com.au’s free portal allows you to easily access information about many different courses and degree programs that are currently available.
Perhaps you’ve spent so long working in your former career that you’d have a hard time envisioning yourself transitioning into a different one – yet, you have to, because your former career is in an industry that is currently in shutdown. Personality tests can help you to better understand yourself, which in turn can empower you to better understand what types of jobs you might be qualified for. There are a couple of these tests that can be particularly helpful to job seekers:
- The Big Five Personality Test
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
There are numerous job boards that can help you to locate current job openings. The following are some of the most popular job boards available:
These 4 types of online resources are potentially some of the best tools for helping you find your next career. However, it’s also important to remember that offline networking is usually the key to finding a job – so be sure to reach out to your contacts in addition to using these online resources.
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