I spent a lot of time this past weekend working on social media and catching up on the effect the 2020 Coronavirus has had on the working class and service industry people, and my heart is broken by the number of layoffs reported and the worrisome posts I’ve seen scroll across my feed.
Without a doubt, the 2020 Coronavirus has wrecked havoc on our nation but it does not mean we cannot have hope! Despite the sorrow that sits within our hearts right now, there can be a blessing in disguise and I’m here to help you uncover it….
JOB LOSS = THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE
The day you lose your job, your heart breaks. You feel sick, hopeless, emotional, destitute and worried all at the same time. You’re humiliated and you don’t know what to do next….believe me I’ve been there.
The blessing I am sharing with you today is you are not alone. Hundreds if not thousands of people have been laid off due to this horrible virus and the most positive take away is – you’ve been given the opportunity to make a change you might have been scared to make otherwise!
Perhaps you were happy with your position, happy with your boss, your company, your situation. That is wonderful! And I want to breathe life into you and tell you that once everything turns around – I believe in my heart of hearts, your employer will bring you back on board!
BREAKING INTO A NEW CAREER
For the sake of this blog post, let’s say that while you are feeling sick and worried, you feel a little sense of relief that this layoff has forced you to make a change you didn’t feel comfortable making on your own.
Now you have all the time within this quarantine period to find the job you’ve been looking for! The beautiful thing to come after all this heartache is the surviving companies are going to need employees once this mess passes. Now is your time to apply and get yourself prepared for your new career.
LEARN FROM MY EXPERIENCE
Three weeks ago I started a new position, in a new industry, I had zero experience in. I graduated from college in 2010 and primarily focused on a career in marketing before starting my own company.
Once I realized that Salt & Shore needed to downsize, I did a lot of soul searching to uncover where my career was headed next. Ideally I wanted to attend medical school but the financial burden was too great. Rather than wallow in my disappointment I began researching jobs in the medical sales industry.
If you don’t know, now you will – medical sales is one of the hardest industries to break into. It is cut throat, long hours, lots of travel and demanding clients, but the reward of helping others far surpasses my 4:00 am wakeup calls.
The reason I am sharing this with you is that it took nearly seven months for me to land a full-time position within the medical space and I must have applied to over 100 positions! Within those seven months I learned a lot about resume writing and setting yourself apart from the competition. I also had to hold on to a lot of hope.
That long story, long, brings me to share the two templates I used when applying for jobs this past year. Within my job search I focused on both marketing and medical opportunities.
With the experience I have in marketing, I used the chronological template, which is considered to be one of the most popular types of resumes. Since medical sales was a complete change of career focus, I used the functional resume template. Overall, the functional resume template worked best and within two months I was employed!
RESUME WRITING | USING THE RIGHT TEMPLATE
As I mentioned earlier, a chronological resume is known to be one of the most popular types of resumes. The main feature of this resume is it contains a list of the work experience of the candidate in a chronological order. The candidates education and qualifications are also mentioned, per the time they occurred.
- This resume is best if you are planning to apply for a job within the same company or within the same industry as your most recent position. You can highlight how you have progressed within the industry, along with showcase your accomplishments within your position.
- Chronological resumes are generally favorited by most employers because they can get a clear picture of the candidate’s overall career.
- A chronological resume usually has a point which provides details regarding your achievements, but, in case you don’t have many achievements, you can write about each job in detail.
DOWNLOAD CHRONOLOGICAL TEMPLATE
A functional resume is totally different from a chronological resume. The main purpose of a functional resume is to focus on the skills and abilities of the candidate rather than the work experience.
- If you have gone through a series of job changes or if you have had long gaps between different jobs, a functional resume is best for you as it highlights only your skills and achievements.
- People planning to change their field of work can choose a functional resume as it will lay emphasis on their transferable skills rather than the change in industry.
- This resume is also considered to be perfect for people who are slightly higher in age as it focusses only on skills and not your age.
DOWNLOAD FUNCTIONAL TEMPLATE
Losing your job unexpectedly is a situation I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. The heartbreak and fear plus this forced isolation can drive anyone crazy with despair. But I beg you to have hope! Someone once told me that God already has the answer before we ever know there is a problem. It has been the best advice I have ever received!
I know that each day feels like an eternity but the difference between hope and despair is a different way to tell our stories from the exact same facts!
As always, please share your salty and sweet comments below! If you need anything, I am just a quick email or DM away!