Like millions of Americans, you lost your job to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to unemployment and the CARES Act, you’ve been able to stay afloat — and perhaps even collect a bit more than you were making at your job.
However, it’s time to start thinking about heading back to the grind. No doubt, you have some concerns about this, considering the pandemic is still very much a threat. Despite this, there are still some pretty strong incentives to find a job instead of waiting and seeing what happens in the next few months.
3 Reasons to Get Back to Work ASAP
Competition for the Best Jobs is Tough
The unemployment rate is 10.2% as of July 2020. This means it will be harder than ever to find a great new job. Starting to look for a new job now is smart because you’ll likely face less competition, and you still have your unemployment benefits to rely on — more on that in a bit. The last thing you want is to feel forced to accept a job you r don’t want because it’s your only option to keep food on the table.
Unemployment Benefits Won’t Last Forever
Receiving unemployment benefits while you’ve been laid off has been a lifesaver. However, there’s a limit on the amount of time you can collect these checks. Rules vary by state — and additional weeks have been added for 2020 — but you’re typically limited to 26 weeks. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you have a steady paycheck coming in before your benefits run out.
Minimize Your Resume Gap
Employers will be understanding of the resume gap you’ve endured from being laid off during the pandemic. However, this could put you at a disadvantage when competing with candidates who have remained gainfully employed. It’s no secret that time away from the workforce can cause your skills to become rusty, so keeping your resume gap as minimal as possible will make you more marketable.
Ready to get back to work? PrideStaff Northern Kentucky wants to help you find a new job that checks all your boxes. Contact us today to learn more!