written by Dr. Amera McCoy
1. File unemployment
Unemployment benefits have advanced in the last few years. There are no more long lines at a random office 25 miles from your home. Everything can be processed online in most states, and your interview can be scheduled by phone as well. Don’t wait to file! Most unemployment offices have a waiting period before dispersing funds; therefore, the longer you put it off, the delay for your first check will be pushed out. Do this first, get it out the way and then set your plan for execution.
2. Contact a Lawyer
During this time of uncertainty, many people will lose jobs; however, there are a few that will be pushed out, and the job loss will be blamed on the uncertain times. If you are the only employee on a team to be let go and there appears or could be unfair decision making behind it. Never hesitate to run your concerns past a professional before chopping it up as – coronavirus impact. Companies are known to take advantage of good and bad markets. Masking their actual reasons with the latest news. Retaliation is a thing, racism is a thing, discrimination is a thing, but none of those things mean you need to be a victim, know your rights, and request your work contract.
3. Invest in updated resume
Jobs will be scarce for a time as many people are going to be qualified for a few open roles. Therefore, it’s time to dust the cobwebs off your resume. Resumes are the first impression for all employers, so utilize a resume service to assist you with updating yours to be competitive in today’s market. Overlooking a simple update can move you to the back of any hiring pile.
4. Engage a Coach
One of the best things I could have ever done for my career path was talked to someone about it. We often go company to company, and our skills are within the same roles and context. I knew for a long time I wanted something different, but I didn’t know a) how to get to my ideal job b) how to re-brand my current skill set, so I was not starting over completely. It took talking through my passions, worries, life, and potential to understand myself and the happiness I sidelined for responsibility. My coach asked the right questions, and I made subtle but powerful changes that brought my life precisely to where I wanted to be. This can happen for you as well.
Dr. Amera McCoy is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist who is the Owner and Founder of McCoy Consulting LLC, an organization that offers a suite of services for businesses including advisory, lending, coaching, writing and employee workshops.
Facebook page: @mccoyconsultingllc