Enhanced unemployment insurance was created to help Americans weather the pandemic ended on September 5, 2021. Over 9 million people lost all benefits, while another 3 million saw their weekly checks reduced by $300. (CNBC, 2021) If you’ve been impacted by this change, you may need to find a job sooner rather than later. Here are your next steps!
How to Find a Job with Unemployment Benefits Ending
Start As Soon As Possible
Currently, there are more jobs than workers. In fact, you’ve probably seen multiple “Help Wanted” signs around your neighborhood. Yet, keep in mind, as people re-enter the workforce, this could quickly change. Therefore, don’t delay. It may be much easier to find a job now than it will be a few months from now.
Brush Up Your Resume
You may need to update your resume or start fresh. Begin by searching for free resume templates online. Next, pull out a blank piece of paper and list all your skills, experiences, and qualifications. Then, use your list to fill in the template. This should give you a standard resume. However, for the best results, you’ll want to customize your resume for each position to which you apply. Let’s say you’re applying for a job as an in-home CNA and another as a CNA in a nursing home. You should emphasize a slightly different skill set for each of these roles. For more tips, check out these Resume Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals.
Set Up Job Alerts
Most job boards and employment agencies offer automatic alerts. So, instead of spending hours scrolling through listings, you’ll have relevant positions delivered right to your phone or inbox. To set up alerts, simply visit the company’s website, look for a job alert option, enter and save your preferences.
Your resume is ready to go, and you’ve found some roles that seem promising. Now, it’s time to apply. Remember to read the job description carefully, follow directions AND tailor your resume to the listing.
Follow Up If Necessary
Sometimes, you’ll send out your carefully crafted resume and hear… nothing. If this happens don’t get discouraged. Wait a week or two and follow up with an email or phone call. Better yet, if you know someone (or someone who knows someone) at an organization, use this to your advantage. Asking for a referral is one of the more effective ways to land a job.
Connect with a Staffing Firm
When you’re job hunting, connecting with a staffing firm can be a power move. Since recruiters work in the hiring space day in and day out, they understand what it takes to land a job. They’ll match you with best-fit positions and provide resume and interview advice. Plus, all these services are FREE to job seekers!
With Unemployment Benefits Ending, Are You Looking for a New Job?
Anodyne is hiring! As a leading healthcare staffing agency in Eastern Massachusetts, we find work for caregivers, HHAs, CNAs and more. Our recruiters would be happy to help you end your unemployment with a successful job search. Learn more about our hiring process today!