Here’s how to prepare for the job hunt after quarantine ends

The U.S. unemployment is at an unthinkable 13.3 percent with 19.6 million jobs lost since February. That’s double the loss that occurred during the Great Recession of 2008.

The magnitude of this financial disaster will likely not be understood for years to come. As the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, uncertainty lingers for everyone, especially job seekers. Author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin spoked with In The Know about preparing for post-outbreak job hunting. 

“We don’t know what shape the economy is going to be in when this whole situation starts to resolve itself,” Rubin told In The Know. “So one thing that we can do is to use this time to prepare ourselves to be as best situated and best prepared for the job market that will emerge at the end.” 

Rubin recommends using the downtime to invest in your career and work life. She advises preemptively making sure you’ve got all the basics covered like updating your resume, LinkedIn profile and creating a personal website or digital portfolio. 

Then you can use those hours you may have spent commuting on building your skills. Online certification programs, courses or expanding your proficiency with certain tools or software can be a great way to make you a more competitive candidate. 

“It’s very possible that right now we could learn how to do things and use tools that will allow us to be more efficient and work more effectively in the future,” Rubin says. “Because now we have the time to invest in doing those things. Often in the tumult of everyday life, we’re so busy working, we can’t do the things that would allow us to work more effectively.” 

If you enjoyed this story, you might want to read about how you can stay healthy while in quarantine.

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