You Should Never Wait For A Layoff To Prepare For Your Job Search

Communications Specialist for Insperity Recruiting Services, specializing in employment branding and recruitment marketing.

A few short months ago, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, its lowest since 1969. The economy had added jobs for nearly eight straight years, and the resulting candidate’s market often afforded job seekers their pick of multiple offers. Then, suddenly, everything changed. An unexpected global pandemic caused the unemployment rate to shoot up to 14.7% in less than two months. Seemingly overnight, employees who considered their jobs secure were now out of work.

In the months from April to July, the economy began to slowly recover, with the unemployment rate falling to 10.2%. However, 16.3 million Americans are currently unemployed, an increase of 10.6 million since February. Now, there are two types of workers/prospective workers: those looking for a job, and those who should be prepared to look for a job. Though Covid-19 has

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The job search after the layoff

With layoffs happening across sectors and new jobs hard to come by, new platforms have sprung up to ensure these unfortunate professionals have a new work card, as quickly as possible. These services are offered on a pro bono basis.

Support for techies

Over 400 professionals have listed themselves on ‘Support and Survive IT’, a public spread sheet that unites those laid-off due to COVID-19 and potential employers. A talent identification number is assigned to each professional to ensure privacy.

Support and Survive IT is an initiative by TechnoPark Today, a techies collective that is creating a pool of jobs at IT parks in Kerala. Since its launch, this platform has seen to it that 34 IT professionals have been placed in companies. And offer letters have been sent to another 20.

Renjith Ramachandran of Technopark Today says small and medium-sized organisations have requirements and don’t always rely on big

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