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Job searching during a global pandemic

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

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Job search strategies

Self-care. During this stressful time, it’s important to look after your overall health, including nutrition, fitness, meditation, and mindfulness.

Be flexible. Consider widening or pivoting your search to include industries that are hiring right now. These include e-commerce, digital education, the supermarket sector, health care, and technology companies that intersect with these industries.

Assess skills. Career advisors (such as the YWCA Saskatoon Employment and Learning Centre) can help you evaluate which of your skills can be used in a range of jobs and career paths.

Develop an action plan. To help you focus on your job search, you can be helped develop an action plan with specific action items and target dates.

Think long-term. Contingency planning is a skill that job seekers typically need mid- or late-career, but this pandemic is forcing students to practice it now.

Staying positive. Focus on staying positive and watching for opportunities.  This is effectively a moment in time.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare, or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

You can view the full original article by Deborah Smyth,  from Ryerson Career and Co-op Center at Ryerson University, at: https://www.ryerson.ca/news-events/news/2020/05/job-searching-during-a-global-pandemic/