If you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, employment is essential. During this pandemic, a lot of people are dealing with the fear of potential job loss. There are also countless others who are dealing with unemployment, which can be a scary place to be in. However, if you haven’t lost your job, you don’t want to put yourself in a vulnerable position either. Take control of your situation by considering the following tips.
1. Go Above and Beyond.
There is a saying that the last one that’s hired tend to be the first one who gets fired. If you’re feeling insecure in your position because of this mantra, do your best to go above and beyond for the company you work for. Show them that they made the right decision to hire you by working harder than ever before. If you see a need or find a way to fill in various gaps, do the work without being asked to.
Make it almost impossible or even unreasonable for a company to fire you because of the value you bring to the table. Work with a positive attitude and a smile. If you work with clients and customers on a consistent basis, be so pleasant that they’ll want to leave a positive review. This act will help you to become a worker that’s absolutely essential to the company’s survival.
2. Regularly Apply For New Jobs.
When you’re still employed for a company that you’d like to stay with, it doesn’t hurt to look for part-time employment elsewhere. In order to balance your daily routine, start by looking for part-time jobs. A part-time job has hours that will allow you to maintain your full-time position at the same time. Take the earnings from the part-time job, and put it into a savings account. You’ll have a financial cushion to land on if your full-time position doesn’t last through the pandemic. At the same time, you’ll still have part-time work you can rely on. You can also talk to the employer of your part-time job to find out if you can increase your hours to full-time. This will allow you to never miss a gap in employment.
Find unique positions that you know will guarantee employment during an economic crisis. Industries such as the postal service, fire department, or healthcare will always need workers. Choose positions that are proven to be extremely safe and secure. For example, a career in Sea Freight Services is secure because 90% of all consumer goods are shipped by sea. That process will never stop happening. Finding positions such as these can make or break your financial and job security during imperative times.
3. Sell Items Online.
You can opt to employ yourself. If you are good at locating liquidation centers or gaps in the reselling marketplace, consider selling items online. The reseller community is massive but continues to show signs of more explosive growth as the year progresses. Besides, so many people are transitioning to shopping online a lot more. They don’t necessarily want to spend a ton of time in public stores. So whether you’re focused on selling candles, lawn equipment, or ointment, find brands that will sell online. Find ways to get the merchandise for an extremely discounted rate. Then, as you list the items online, you can negotiate deals and sales with your customers. Platforms like Poshmark and Mercari make the process seamless.
4. Become a Freelancer.
Freelance work is another way to employ yourself. Take a look at the digital skills you possess. If you’re a great communicator, you can become a freelance writer or an author. Build a collection of short stories that you can list to sites like the Kindle store. Create a promotional strategy to put the books in front of new potential customers. If you’re a graphic designer, a web developer, or a photographer, you can always promote your services on social media platforms and online gig marketplaces.
5. Teach Skills Online.
The learning process will never slow down. Yes, it’s been forced to pivot. However, schools have gone online. Whether you’re teaching English or the clarinet, find portals and online educational forums where you can find a job as an online teacher. This is especially helpful for those who have backgrounds in the field of education as well as those who are well-versed in the skills needed to be an effective online teacher.
As the world continues to adjust to this global pandemic, don’t lose your focus. Be intentional about creating an environment that’s safe and sanitary at home. Know that you have the ability to cultivate a positive economic experience from this point forward. By maintaining a positive attitude and implementing these tips, you’ll increase your chances of keeping unemployment at bay.