There is no doubt that the coronavirus has made an already competitive job market even more challenging. People are getting laid off across all industries and experience levels. If you are a recent graduate, the unfortunate reality is that you will now be competing against not only your peers but also those experienced folks who recently got laid off. That being said, there are still companies that are actively hiring today. Here is the proof: two students at 36paths were lucky enough to receive full-time offers from Scotiabank and CIBC respectively over the last couple of weeks.
You may ask, what should I do then as a job seeker? Here is my advice:
First off, don’t panic. I know this is a very difficult thing to do now but please try to stay calm by understanding that although this whole virus situation is out of your control, it is up to you how you react to it. What this means is that you can choose to be anxious about it every day, or accept it without any resistance.
Once you fully accept the coronavirus reality, you are ready to do things that are within your control to maximize your odds of landing a job offer in this environment. I would recommend you continue to apply to job openings daily, prepare for frequently asked interview questions, and network with professionals in your target industry (over a call or online meeting of course).
If you really need the money, you may want to consider loosening your search criteria and getting a job in the grocery sector or delivery services, which are hiring aggressively now to meet the surging demand. If you have the financial flexibility to be patient, you can take the time to reflect on what you really want to do with your career and improve yourself by perhaps working on a new digital project, learning a new programming language or reading books that you always want to but could not find time for before.
I will leave you with a quote I like from Brian Tracy:
“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
Best of luck and let me know if I can help in any way.
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