COVID-19 has affected us in many ways we didn’t think was possible and definitely not how we thought 2020 would pan out. For the first time in over 20 years, Australia’s unemployment rate has risen to over 7 percent, while employment fell by over 835,000 from March to May. NSC data shows that young people were impacted the most, accounting for 45% of the total decline in employment in May, despite comprising only 16% of the population. It is definitely a scary thought as futures can be compromised.
Unemployment will also remain high into 2021 and a jobs recovery is not expected until after 2021. However, some industries are still currently hiring. Linkedin has comprised a list of those who are still hiring- though keep in mind this list was updated 1 month ago.
The CoVid-19 Employee Assistance Directive (CoVid-19 E.A.D) was created in the wake of the collapse of the hospitality industry due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This initiative is an industry-wide effort that provides support for hospitality workers that were affected by this pandemic, but it goes beyond just offering pre-packaged meals. There is a team of case managers that regularly checks up on the unemployed hospitality workers to see if they need any essential goods such as toilet paper and feminine hygiene products, or even help them get on a mental health care plan if this is something they are looking for.
To date, this initiative has produced over 45,000 meals, that’s made up of 32,000kgs of food! The team is made up of a big group of volunteers who have kindly dedicated their time to give back by providing assistance to others. But this initiative wouldn’t have been able to happen without the generous donations from the community. To date, they’ve received about $150,000 in donations so a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed including charity partners: Scarf Community, Fare Share, Oz Harvest & Street Smart.
All direct deposit donations over $2 are tax-deductible thanks to their auspice relationship with Scarf. If you are able to donate, even $3 will put a meal in the hands of someone who needs support.
This program has been recognized by Time Out locally and internationally by Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Philanthropy recognitions. Several kitchens throughout the city have been used to help make this happen, including The Big Group, Hats and Tatts, Captain Melville, Boat Builders Yard, Lover & Pasta Classica.
Since the global pandemic, the employment rate has taken a grim toll in the Australian job market. The ABC has reported as much as 600,000 Australians losing their jobs within a four-week period.
We understand everyone’s worry and frustration during this tough period. However, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. With Melbourne cases on a consistent decline and anticipating its ease of the second lockdown, we think that this is the best time to develop new strategies and upskill yourself to stay employable while preparing to re-enter the market.
Our friends at Careerists were kind enough to offer our readers invaluable resources of blogs and videos related to career development via their website and social media. Here is one article written by their founder and career coach, Thai Ngo, that highlights the “7 most important things to do as unemployment rises” in response to the pandemic.
According to Thai’s other article, “Top 5 skills you will need to be competitive in the job market” he mentioned that based on historical events, from 19th century flu to Spanish Flu in conjunction with World War I, we were always living in an ever transforming job ecosystem. “Individuals who want to stay in the job market will require reskilling and upskilling to stay current and relevant to emerging trends.” he wrote and we couldn’t agree more.
Follow their page on Facebook to keep up with the latest articles and videos shared by the awesome team at Careerists.
Another tip we would recommend is to do a health check on your digital profile from your LinkedIn to your social media handles – read on tips to improve here. Careerists also offers a free online resume builder that will definitely come in handy for you!
If you’re feeling lost and would love some advice on your career, they are offering a complimentary 20-minute online consultation to recommend a suitable Career Coaching program for you. Prefer self-learning instead? Their online course that covers ways to help increase your career opportunities as well as improving your interviewing and soft skills will be perfect for you.
We wish you all the best on your exciting career journey!
We understand the tremendous stress you must be undergoing looking for a job position during tough times. However, prioritising and taking care of your health will help strengthen your body and increase personal motivation.
1. Keep a daily routine
Plan your daily cadence. Having a ‘structured’ day can give you a sense of purpose and meaning.
2. Exercise regularly
We all know exercise promotes the release of endorphins and serotonin aka the feel good chemicals in the brain. So, it’s important that you make exercise a part of your daily routine, whether it’s a walk around the block or a set of star jumps.
3. Take up a new hobby!
Hobbies are a great source of enjoyment and stress relief. New hobbies challenge you to develop new skills, boost your self-esteem and create new bonds in your social life!
4. Practice mindfulness daily
You can reset your mind at any time of the day and it doesn’t have to take long! You can try by starting the day with 10 deep breaths, keeping a gratitude diary and checking in with yourself without judgement. It’s okay not to be okay.
5. Limit your alcohol intake
Turning to alcohol more often to relive stress can be a sign of unhealthy coping mechanism. Try replacing this action with a more positive coping mechanism such as going for a walk, doing 20 pushups, watching a Netflix show or calling a friend for a quick chat!
6. Get a good night’s sleep
Good sleep is crucial to your mental and physical wellbeing. To ensure you’re getting a good night’s sleep, try exercising, limit your caffeine intake, turn on night shift mode on your phone to reduce blue light before bedtime, avoid napping and practice mindful breathing before bedtime to slow your heart rate.
7. Plan your budget
Financial strain is one of the biggest causes of anxiety and for many of us, the pandemic has severely affected our financial position and goals. A tip for you is to draw up a monthly budget and plan your spending and saving. Alternatively, speak to your bank if you’re experiencing financial hardship.
8. Eat well-balanced meals
Nutrition plays a big part in how we feel both mentally and physically. A recent study found that a Mediterranean-style diet (high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish and unsaturated fats such as olive and fish oil) led to a reduction in depression among participants.
9. Limit negative news intake
Although it’s important to stay information, make sure you are getting your information from official government sites and then switch off. This will help you avoid panic and remain level-headed.
10. Utilise your support network
This can include your family, friends or colleagues. Positive daily interaction will lift your mood and give you a sense of connection.
11. Seek professional support early
Many of us will feel anxiety, depression and overwhelm at some stage during this time. If these feelings are persistent and you’re finding it difficult to cope, please don’t wait to reach out for help. Speak to someone in your support network or speak to your GP. You don’t have to be in a bad shape before speaking to your doctor!
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