Unemployed during coronavirus: How to handle the pressure

No matter if you lost your job because of the coronavirus or you were unemployed before, you are definitely struggling with no specific perspective for your future. Most companies have stopped their hiring processes, global employers lay off tremendous numbers of workers and, unless you are related to IT, healthcare sector or trade, which are currently booming, you see no perspective to get a job anytime soon. Probably, in order to feel like you are doing something, you are searching for old job postings and applying for everything that is somehow related to your CV. You then either get rejection emails or something beginning with “Because of the current situation, our hiring processes can take longer than expected..”. If you are on this path, no phrases like “everything is going to be OK” can comfort you and only hard facts can take the frustration away. Here are several hard facts and a couple of tips to get you out of the black zone:

  • The ups and downs in the economy are a normal part of the economic cycle.

If your country is currently in the state of economic depression, there will be a state of the economic recovery after that. Your only task is to calculate beforehand, for how long your sector will remain affected.

  • The ups in the economy bring new opportunities.

Many companies are cutting jobs because they cannot forecast, how much they will lose during the current coronavirus wave. As soon as things go back to normal, it will create a large demand in the work force. For example, if you have just lost your job in the hotel service because the hotels are empty, there will be plenty of opportunities as soon as the hotels will be filled again.

  • Yes, this is the time when you accept whatever you get.

Because the economy has been affected in a severe way, many businesses will have only one purpose for the next months – survival. Many projects will be stopped, restructuring and R&D programs will get less funding, therefore, less jobs will be offered. You should be fine with the thought that the offers will be not as attractive as in 2019 – but this is fine. As long as you get a contract to get through the situation, do not hesitate to accept it. Even if the role is not what you expected it to be, I really doubt that it will look bad in your CV.

  • The situation is temporary.

If you are a skilled worker, do yourself a favour: imagine yourself working in a grocery shop or in Starbucks. Because it is absolutely fine to get a temporary job during an economic crisis to pay the bills. As soon as you will allow yourself even to think about a temporary low-paid (but paid!) job during the job hunt, you will feel lighter. If it was fine to work in a restaurant while studying to cover your living, why to feel ashamed about it now?

  • The current “shocking events” are a part of a large political game.

Oil prices below 0? This is not a sign of a catastrophic economic crisis, but rather a message that some countries are using the current situation to gain profits and push weaker countries to sign agreements they wouldn’t sign otherwise. Trust me, I am Russian, I would know 😉 Ask yourself, whether, as a large oil company, you would not be able to forecast the oil demand and reduce amount of oil you are extracting within 1,5 months? Yeah, that’s right. Therefore, the macroeconomic events of this kind do not mean the end of the world.

  • Your mental health is your asset, too.

Worrying will only bring you stress and take away your inner power, which you will need for interviews to come. If your country is a lockdown freshman, do yourself a favour: if you get no invitations and your sector’s life is on hold, stop applying for a bit. Take some time for yourself, get new skills online, read those management books you bought but never opened.. and, yes, switch off the news. You don’t need the exact numbers of the dead because of coronavirus every day – only the current restrictions and health advices are relevant. Reduce the information noise and take care of yourself.

  • You must get your social life online.

Personally, I create weekend events with online games and a video chat for my friends. The internet connection sucks in Germany at this point, but we still have a lot of fun. You might want to have a family dinner using video. Use the opportunity and do not become a hikikomori just because you are not allowed to leave the house.

  • Get busy. Or a certificate. Or just a course.

Many talented people are struggling because they have no control over the situation. But you still have control over your future. Use the opportunity to broaden your profile and wait for my next article “Kill depression, get new skills and improve your CV” with new tips to come!

  • This is the right time for your hobbies.

Especially artistic ones. My husband paints, I make jewellery from glass pearls and bake. Usually, we have almost no time for this because of our active social life – now our social life is on the computer, so we don’t need to drive and can take more time to be creative. In other words, you should really learn to see positive side of any situation.

  • Stay physically active.

In Russia, we say, if you don’t know what to do, train your ass. Because, whatever happens, a well-trained ass is always nice to have. 😉 Just one advice here: many online training programs do exercises using so much space that you can barely repeat them in a small city flat. Look for something you enjoy and have enough space for – and go for it!

I hope you enjoyed the article. If you are missing any advice, feel free to write one in the comments!

Kindly yours,

Russianladyabroad

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