Posted on May 11, 2020 at 01:21:49 PM
The Class of 2020 was about to graduate into a very robust job market but now finds itself graduating in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty.
Doing nothing is not a choice. The first step is to make peace with the current situation and then get busy, creating a short-term plan to get through this rough time.
Start with an inventory of your marketable job skills and experience. Temp work for recent grads can open doors to great companies and lead to direct-hire jobs once the crisis passes.
Many staffing agencies are looking for virtual office temps who can create PowerPoints and Excel spreadsheets, and handle accounting and bookkeeping projects.
Alternatively, if you have coding or web administration skills, you may be able to find virtual temp work in these areas.
Remember, while this is not what you had planned on doing, you’re not alone. There are many grads and professionals in the same difficult position. Working at one of these jobs may help you to begin to build a professional network of individuals who can help you later on.
Finally, be patient. The world is going to be different when we emerge from home and it may take a while for robust hiring to return.
As a veteran of many economic downturns, I can assure you that the bad times do end, just never as quickly as we would like.