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It’s fair to say that no one truly expected the events of recent weeks. Outbreaks are always plausible, of course, but the scale and severity of this pandemic—and the dominoes that have quickly toppled—have left people across the globe in a state of disbelief. It isn’t just about being stuck indoors for a while, or keeping contact to a minimum, or even the direct health implications: it’s about the economic shockwave that has upended entire industries.

Organisations face months of complete inactivity if they’re able to survive at all. Those that can continue might still struggle in the long term, not just from moving to a remote-only model but from seeing their sales pipelines dry up due to their prospective customers being unable or unwilling to make new financial commitments.

The result of this? Job losses occurring at a distressing pace. Many companies that were stable and successful before this crisis are having to tell responsible and productive employees that they can no longer afford to pay their salaries. No blame, nothing to learn; just a lose-lose.

Let’s say, then, that you—the reader—have been on the receiving end of that notification. You’re stuck at home with no job to give you daily structure and no idea what you’re going to do next. It’s an unenviable position, but not without hope

Below, we’re going to set out some advice for what you should do in the days, weeks and months to come.

How to find job vacancies

Find out where to look for vacancies from recruitment agencies to social media sites:

Find a job by networking

Networking is using the people you know, and the people that they know, to find out about job opportunities. It’s about building relationships through your contacts.

Your network can include:

  • friends and family
  • people you know on social media
  • employers you've contacted directly
  • recruitment consultants

How to write a CV

The main purpose of a CV is to interest an employer sufficiently to invite the writer to an interview. A CV is a sales document – a chance for someone to sell themselves in writing to an employer. Remember it is a summary, not an autobiography. A CV is your own personal document and there is no right or wrong way of producing it. However, you can rely on the following as being good practice. You will be offered many opinions but, in the end, your CV must reflect you as an individual.

Check this CV advice on what to include and how to make it stand out:

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How to write a cover letter

Learn more about cover letters, why they're important and how to use them:

How to fill in an application form

Get help to complete paper and online application forms:

Interview advice

An interview is a chance for an employer to see if you're the right person for the job. It’s your chance to make a good impression and show what you have to offer. You can also use it to help you decide if the job and the company are right for you.

Find out about the different types of interviews and how to do well in them:

Learn how to answer interview questions confidently and make a good impression:

Advice for if you lose your job

Losing your job can affect many parts of your life and make you feel anxious about the future. Whether you’ve lost your job or been made redundant, you may find it difficult to:

  • pay your bills
  • maintain the skills you need to do your job
  • look after your wellbeing and mental health
  • take care of your family or caring responsibilities

Find useful advice and resources for if you have recently been made redundant or become unemployed:

Advice for furloughed workers

Know your rights, get help and advice as well as ideas for using your time to improve your skills.

Find out about your rights and get help when becoming furloughed: