How to stay positive and get back into employment in a Covid-19 job market

Covid-19 has been a challenging period for everyone, even more so if you have been unlucky enough to find yourself on furlough, or worst still, out of work. I want to share with those people who have had the misfortune to lose their jobs, a few pointers on how to stay positive during this difficult time and how to focus your energy to get yourself back into the workplace.

1. Stay active

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. Regular exercise can improve our physical health as well as our mental health. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression.

2. Get outside

Spending time outdoors and getting some fresh air, especially in green spaces has never been so important. On a sunny day, you can also get your daily dose of vitamin D which can help improve your immune system.

3. Eat well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

4. Stay hydrated

Water makes up two thirds of our body. It is vital we drink enough fluid to maintain a healthy balance. Drinking plenty of water is a key part of getting a balanced diet and will keep your brain in tip top condition.

5. Control your news

Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to covid-19 news. It is important to stay up to date but following the current pandemic too much can become quite depressing. Think about where you’re getting your news from (this could include who you’re following on social media) and try to use trustworthy sources.

6. Build your network

LinkedIn is a great platform to use if you’re looking for a new role. Let your network know that you’re open to new opportunities. You never know who might be able to open a new door for you.

7. Do some research

Think about some companies that you’d like to work for. Try to understand what makes these businesses successful and how your skills and experience could contribute to that ongoing success. This could help you target the right companies during your job search.

8. Look to recruiters

You don’t have to job search on your own, it can feel lonely scrolling through several job adverts day in day out. Get in touch with a reputable recruiter to help you on your job search. Recruiters are specialists in their fields and have a network of clients that could help you get back into employment. Get in touch with us! We are specialist recruiters and recruit nationally within FMCG, Building Services Engineering, Facilities Management, Finance, Human Resources and Senior Level Appointments.

9. Update your CV

Make your CV stand out. It’s important to update your CV every time you look for a new role. Review your experience, skills and training and highlight your key achievements. Let potential employers know what drives you and how you can offer real value to their business.

10. Be interview ready

Preparation is key to succeed in an interview. Have a read of my business partner Alex Ritchie’s Interview Advice article on our News and Advice section of our website.

Landing a job in the current climate may not happen overnight. It will take time and effort to find the right job for you but if you are willing to persevere you will be rewarded. Keep a record of your activity and positives during your job search – where you have sent your CV and who you have spoken to. This will help you stay focused during your search. Keep going and success will come!

Good luck!


Trevor Dale (Director, Alaska Black)