At Experience Factor, we recognize this has been an incredibly trying time for many. Everyone has been impacted in some way by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. Our goal is to be here for you to help you navigate these tricky next steps, from filing for unemployment to establishing a virtual job search plan. If there is anything we can do to support you, please let us know.
For now, here are some tips:
1. If you’re out of work due to COVID-19, file for unemployment ASAP.
Unemployment benefits vary by state, so be sure to file your claim where you were most recently employed. Here is updated information for filing a claim in Colorado.
Be sure to have the following information available when filing a claim online:
- Your telephone number, email address, and home/mailing address
- Social Security number
- Most recent employer’s name, address, and phone number
- First and last day worked with this employer
- Reason for leaving (include severance package or pension information, if applicable)
- Your bank name, address, account number, and routing number for direct deposit
Typically, your first deposit will be received within two to three weeks of filing your claim. However, due to the current situation and high volume of claims, be prepared for possible delays. If you don’t have a bank account set up for direct deposit, you will be issued a debit card to access benefits.
2. Take a Deep Breath
Living in such a stressful, uncertain time is bound to cause extra anxiety – it is natural, and there are many experiencing similar feelings. Tap into the rituals and routines that bring you joy and set you at ease. Step away from the computer a few times a day to go for a walk, do an online exercise class or some YouTube yoga. Maybe today’s the day to try that meditation app, dust off your journal, or break out the old watercolor paints.
Self-care looks different moment-to-moment for everyone; be gentle with yourself. Even taking small action steps can leave you feeling productive, empowered, and clear-minded.
3. Map Out Your Move
Now could be the perfect time to reflect on your work history and list out responsibilities that you enjoyed, felt neutral about, or didn’t care for. Spend some time tuning into what energizes you and what you’d like your ideal day to look like. Try to dismiss the “shoulds” and really focus on what career options would leave you feeling fulfilled.
If you are unsure where to start, it may be beneficial to look into working with a career coach (we know a few good ones!) or reach out to a past employer or potential mentor to get some help with brainstorming, resume writing, and interviewing. In addition, some books out there are game changers – “What Color is Your Parachute” is a great one to get you thinking about yourself in a new way!
4. Check Out the Current Market
Just because hiring in many areas has slowed down, it doesn’t mean job seeking is hopeless! In fact, COVID-19 has actually boosted hiring in certain industries. Organizations like Amazon, Walmart, and Kroger are hiring continuously to keep up with the demand for deliveries and distribution.
If you’re local – Kat Russell, a local recruiter with Ombud – is maintaining a list of the hiring status of companies specific to the Denver and Boulder Metro Areas.
Other industries with current job openings include Telecom, Healthcare, Loans, and Learning Management. There are also a variety of Functional Roles currently in high demand:
- Instructional Designer
- LMS Project Manager
- Loan Originator
- Business Analyst
- Financial Analyst
Even if openings now don’t align with your long-term career goals, there are plenty of opportunities for temporary work for interim income. Please keep in mind that contract and part-time work don’t typically offer benefits like health insurance. (Need help with healthcare? Check out this post.)
Looking for companies that are still actively hiring during the pandemic? Check out this list.
5. Set Up for Success
First of all, get comfortable networking (and doing most everything!) online. Take a few moments to polish up your LinkedIn profile and send messages to old connections. It may also be a great time to boost your skills and take some online courses – many sites offer a variety of classes for free.
After finding the right roles to apply to online, things might take a little while… or they may move quickly! Be prepared by keeping your resume updated and accessible, brushing up on questions to ask during your interview, and ensuring you know how to let your best self shine in a world where you very well may meet your future employer via a video call.
Follow us on LinkedIn to see what roles we are currently recruiting for!