You began the year with a busy remote career, but the COVID-19 pandemic derailed your success. Perhaps you lost freelance clients because of this crisis or you were laid off from your remote job, but now you’re looking for work in the midst of a serious economic downturn. Don’t lose hope! These resources will help you find gainful employment during this recovery period, communicate effectively with clients and colleagues, and go the extra mile for great results.
Top Tips for Finding Remote Work During a Pandemic or Economic Crisis
Whether you’re an independent contractor or you’re seeking a full-time job, these resources will help you connect with people who need the skills and services you provide.
Safest, Fastest, and Most Reliable Video Chat Tools for Remote Workers
To apply for jobs or part-time projects, or communicate with new employers or clients, you will need secure, fast video chat software.
Maintaining Great Professional Relationships
With so much competition for every freelance client or full-time position, you’ll want to put some extra effort into impressing everyone you work with.
Losing work during a recession is a very stressful experience. However, with the COVID-19 recovery in full swing, your job prospects are steadily improving. In a few months, you might begin to feel like losing your job in the first place was a blessing in disguise!
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Being between jobs is never easy, but there are many ways to make ends meet as you look for a new full-time job. Take stock of your skills, and see if you can find short-term remote work options, whether it’s freelancing or taking on contracts for projects. Whether you’re a writer, designer, teacher, or personal trainer, the following advice will help you find money-making opportunities to support you during this time.
As you think about work options, first consider your skillset. Write down both your soft and hard skills, and update your resume to reflect those skills. Resources such as the Windsor Essex Employment Group can help you build your application materials and connect you with employers.
Soft skills are interpersonal skills such as communicating well and working well with others. This also includes your work style, such as being punctual, having an eye for detail, or your ability to meet deadlines. Hard skills are more about your training in a particular field. This is your technical knowledge, such as data analysis, computer programming, or graphic design.
Once you’ve determined both your hard and soft skills and updated your resume, you’ll be ready to look for new work. Even if you can’t find full-time work that suits your skills, check out part-time and contract opportunities that will allow you to start earning again.
One of the silver linings of the pandemic is that there are more remote work opportunities than ever before, as well as places to find them. There are plenty of careers that translate well to remote work: writing, teaching, and personal training can all be done from home.
If you’re a writer, there are a number of remote working options. You can use this skill in a number of roles, whether it’s copywriting, editing, or marketing. Be sure to look for writing work that’s based in an industry that you’re familiar with or interested in; it will make the writing enjoyable and you’ll likely be more successful.
Teachers also have a great advantage for online work: teaching is increasingly happening online, and doing it remotely opens up your customer base to include students from around the world. Whether you’re teaching whole classes of students or tutoring one-on-one, be sure you have the right technology to make it happen. There’s software designed to help teachers carry out remote lessons: Moodle is one great platform for online teachers.
Another profession that can be done remotely is personal training. With gyms closed or operating with strict guidelines, working out at home is sometimes preferable for people. If you’re a personal trainer, offer online video training sessions with clients to keep the money rolling in.
Along with the rise in remote work is a boost in freelancing: many companies are turning to freelancers for help with contracts and projects. According to one study, freelance job posting rose 41% in the second quarter of 2020—that’s compared to the same period in 2019.
One profession that is often in high demand for freelancers is graphic design. If you’re experienced in typography, layout design, and marketing and are familiar with graphic design tools such as Adobe Photoshop, you could start doing freelance logo design. It’s easy to set up a profile on job sites for freelancers, where you can set your own rates and choose projects that appeal to you.
When you’re ready to jump back into the workforce, take your time to determine your skillset and update your resume. Look for remote work opportunities, and keep your mind open to freelancing. While you might not find your dream job right away, these in-between jobs can help you build your skills and earn extra money while you look for the right full-time job.
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The Windsor Essex Employment Group strives to provide the utmost respect and dignity to each employer and client. We are passionate about matching your needs with the best candidate for the job and will continue to support that worker to ensure a mutually successful relationship.