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JFCS Offers Hope and Tips for Job Hunting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • Written By: Kathy Rood, program manager, JFCS Jewish Community Services

COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. JFCS is fortunate to be able to provide critical social support services to the Jewish community during these unprecedented times.

For those who are unemployed or underemployed, have hope and check out the many offerings available to you as a part of the Jewish community. JFCS Career Services has professional career coaches to help you master the skills and create the tools needed to secure your next position. From professional resume writing to networking and interview preparation, JFCS Career Services is here to help.

Here’s a few tips to help you get mentally prepared for the days to come:

  • The hiring process may take longer than expected. Don’t get disheartened and don’t lose focus. We know that looking for a job is a full-time job so if you need financial assistance to meet basic needs like putting food on the table or paying your rent or mortgage, call (602) 452-4627 to see if you qualify for short-term financial assistance via JFCS Helping Hands.
  • When was the last time you reviewed all of your social media accounts? Are your posts tasteful and appropriate for the current economic climate? Do they promote positivity and respect or are they negative in nature?
  • Be open to the possibility of accepting a temporary or contract position. It’s a great way to check out the company culture and see if it’s going to be a good long-term fit for you.
  • Know you are not alone. COVID-19 has affected so many in so many different ways. Many people have lost their jobs or are currently underemployed and they know how you feel. Losing a job can take a toll on your self-confidence. JFCS offers counseling services on a sliding scale to ensure everyone who needs behavioral health services has access to them.
  • Take advantage of virtual networking events and classes that enable you to update your technical prowess and receive new certifications. It’s a great time to learn a new skill.
  • You never know where your next lead will come from so be prepared. Come up with a short pitch about yourself, your skills and what you are looking for in your next position. Keep it brief.
  • These days, more and more interviews are happening in a virtual setting. Do you have good light and a nice professional background? Does your computer audio and video work well? Practice with a friend or family member to make sure you get it right. And even though it’s a virtual interview, make sure you wear a professional outfit.
  • If you’re underemployed and not living to your fullest potential, think about why that might be. Maybe a hobby or volunteering to help others may be all you need to put drive and passion into your job search.

Don’t be discouraged, finding the right position may take some time, but we’re here to offer assistance, guidance and encouragement.