The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered a vast number of people jobless across the world. Although Canada has declared Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for its residents with more than three million people losing jobs by mid-April, it is time that people start exploring other options as well for sustenance.
Current Situation Makes Job-finding Difficult
The unemployment rate has gone up due to the ongoing pandemic and many career management industry experts believe that it is the worst kind of layoff to hit the globe in more than a decade. Trina Smith who works as program director for MCG Careers says, “It’s crazy to be a part of it and to watch it happen. We in Alberta are resilient because we’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs with the economy with the labor market, but this is just so strange.”
According to Smith whose organization has an office in Fort Saskatchewan the last couple of months have shown a shift in the need. Although the times are not good for job hunting people are still coming to the office for inquiries. Incidentally, most of the inquiries are related to employment insurance and the benefits that are being offered by federal and provincial governments.
Transition May Help Open New Avenues
Offices offering employment assistance in Fort Saskatchewan are trying their best to come up with the support as much they can. But with industries closed down, employers have no option but to give a layoff to their workers. So what are the options available in such a scenario? Experts believe that if the laborers are ready to make a transition from their current occupation it can help open many new avenues.
Currently there are openings in warehouses, janitorial services, grocery stores, and even in the health care industry. There is the availability of jobs in Fort Saskatchewan but the key is a willingness to shift to a new type of work at least temporarily and at the front lines. Another way is to improve resumes, add your new choices of occupation, building cover letters, and planning career options according to the current situation.