There are so many who had lost their job because of the economic effects of this pandemic. In Singapore alone, there are around 9000 individuals who have lost their jobs because of retrenchment. This is very unfortunate. The limited movement of people, and stay home notices have a great impact on our economy. That is why many businesses have been forced to adjust, resulting in many jobless individuals. During this time of uncertainty, here are some tips for you to cope with being in Singapore unemployed.
Take the support of your family and friends.
Pride might get in the way and you may be ashamed of your situation. But it is important not to isolate yourself just because you are jobless. You need someone to share your feelings at this uncertain time, and family is there. Sharing thoughts about this will somehow lessen the anxiety that joblessness brings. Take the support they will give you, whether it is advice or money. But be careful with financial help. Unless it is given willingly to you, always take it as a loan that needs to be paid once you are back on your feet.
Save save save.
It is important that you save every cent that you have. Since you are jobless, you have no cash flowing into your bank account. Yes, you might get some freelance jobs here and there, but unless it is a sustainable source of income for you, you need to cut your unnecessary expenses.
Seek help from career guidance mentors and coaches.
Career guidance mentors and coaches are considered experts in their fields. It is a good idea if you seek help from them so that they can give you advice on your career path. With career guidance programs, you will be evaluated based on your skills and attitude. This will help you look for a career that might not be an option for you before.
Widen your network.
In this age of social media, it is very easy for you to widen your network. You can join different Facebook groups about a certain topic, and find people with the same experience as yours. LinkedIn is also a good platform to widen your professional connection. Meeting people from different industries can help you get insights into their experiences. This will allow you to evaluate and assess what are the skills needed, and how much experience you need to enter a particular industry.
Broaden your skillset
While waiting for an interview, or that call for a new job position, take all the necessary training. There are a lot of available courses online for free. Being certified for multiple skills will be a great advantage for you. Learning a new skill is not only for your professional but your personal growth as well.
It is very difficult to be in this uncertain time, especially since it is difficult to find a new job during a pandemic. However, improving yourself and being open to advice, as well as learning new skills can be a leverage for you. So instead of focusing on not having a job, focus more on how you can land the next job. This may take time, so you have to be patient. And remember, there is no shame in asking for help and advice from others. If it works for you, then you can pay it forward thereafter.