It's never easy to lose your job. However, losing your job in the middle of a pandemic when your options are limited is a disaster. Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, legions of hardworking people around the globe have lost their jobs. Many others took major pay cuts while some had to give up a chunk of their daily hours. The American economy hasn't been this bad for job seekers since The Great Depression. If you lost your job due to the Covid-19 pandemic, do not be discouraged. It is not the end of the world. There are still some options you can explore.
1. Stay Focused and Make a Plan
Many companies indeed went under due to the lockdown but some companies are still hiring. If you stay focused and come up with an effective strategy, you'll survive this difficult time. Many online and offline resources will help you find a temporary job or a more permanent position. These days, employers are willing to recruit people in other fields as long as they have the basic idea of how things work and they are willing to learn more. So, if you used to work as a cashier in a restaurant that went under, you can get a job as a receptionist in another industry.
2. Be Willing to Settle for Less
If you've lost your job for months and you're not having any success in getting a new one in your field, you might need to lower the bar a little. Rather than staying without a source of income, you might need to take jobs you would never have dreamed of doing. As long as these jobs don't conflict with your beliefs or self-perception, you shouldn't have a problem. You might also have to work the same job but with much lower pay. This isn't the time to be picky. Do what you have to do to pay the bills but don't commit a crime. With a viable Covid-19 vaccine being distributed, it's only a matter of time until things get back to normal and you can become picky about your job.
3. Dive Into the Gig Economy
Do you have a hidden talent you've never been able to explore because of the tasking demands of your job? This might be the best time to brush up on those skills and start making money from them. If you love to write stories during your free time, you should consider selling your services as a ghostwriter in the gig market. These buyers have the capital and resources for a successful book launch. However, you may not be able to take credit for your work but you'll get paid right after you finish. Writing isn't the only thing you can do in the gig economy. You can work as a virtual assistant, customer care representative, etc. Some of the best places to find freelance jobs online are Upwork and Fiverr.
4. Apply for Unemployment Benefits
In the United States, unemployment benefits were increased during the lockdown to help those who lost their jobs adjust to the new reality. If you've burned through your savings and finding a job that fits your skill is difficult, you might want to apply for unemployment benefits. Each state has its laws and requirements. Read the laws that govern unemployment benefits in your state to know if you qualify. You might not get half as much as you used to get from your job but it's better than nothing.
5. Prepare for Future Eventualities
The economy is starting to bounce back and most people who lost their jobs have found new ones. This means you'll find a new job soon. However, you must prepare for unforeseen circumstances that might cost you your primary source of income in the future. You can do this by learning remote software engineering skills like web development, web design, or any other computer science-related skill in high demand.
No one could have predicted that the year 2020 will be the most devastating in the 21st century. The loss of lives, jobs, and loved ones was not foreseen by anyone; full families were killed by the Covid-19 pandemic. People lost their parents, children, and other close relatives or friends. As long as you are alive, you have hope to find a new job and start earning in no time.