Are you ready to re-enter the workforce after months of collecting employment benefits? You are not alone. Millions of Canadians applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit during the pandemic. Many people did it out of necessity because they lost their job or were unable to work for other reasons. In total, There were more than 8.7 unique applicants to the program. More than 3.5 million applicants came from Ontario alone.
If you were one of the people who were on employment benefits or are just coming off them, it is difficult to know where to start your job search. A lot has changed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Being out of the workforce for an extended period of time for any reason can be challenging to overcome. The pandemic and the resulting changes to how companies hire and how people work only make things more complicated.
Now you, as well as many others, need to re-enter the workforce. Below, our recruiters offer up some advice for how to re-enter the workforce after being off for an extended period:
If you are on good terms with a previous employer, you may have an opportunity to return to the company. Perhaps the company was forced to close during the pandemic because of the government mandate. Or you had to leave because you needed to care for your family or you are close to someone who is immuno-compromised. This is a good starting point.
Connect with your peers on LinkedIn and via email. Let them know that you are looking to get back to work and are looking for opportunities. They may be able to provide you with leads within their company or industry. Even family, friends or other acquaintances could be able to help you with your search. Reach out to anyone you think could help.
Before you start applying for positions, you will need to update your resume. Here are some things you will want to refresh:
Flexibility is important. Be willing to start out in freelance, contract or part-time positions. You should also consider remote jobs. Employers are still ramping up coming out of the pandemic and with some uncertainty still looming, they may be hesitant to add full-time permanent employees.
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Nadia Novello is a recruitment consultant on the Marketing Services team. Prior to beginning her journey in recruitment, Nadia spent 15+ years in the Marketing, Advertising, and Agency space. During that time, she has helped many clients explore strategies to help drive consumer engagement and influence purchase decisions for some top global brands. Nadia’s industry experience in both traditional and digital marketing makes her a valuable extension to the IQ Partners team.