COVID-19 has led to many people being laid off and made many others feel worried about losing their jobs. Knowing your job is being made redundant, or you are being stood down is an emotional time.
It is OK to feel sadness leaving people and workplaces that are a big part of your life. There are also concerns about how you will pay the bills without the same pay. You can talk about how you are feeling with your family or friends, make a plan and set some small goals for the next few months.
If the feelings of sadness don’t stop, please speak to your GP who can refer you to the appropriate mental health services in your area.
What to do when you lose your job
Register with Centrelink
Although it may take some time – and even be frustrating – always register with Centrelink to ensure you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to.
Centrelink will connect you to a local jobactive provider such as MAX. The type of help we can provide includes:
- job search strategies
- reviewing your skills and assistance with preparing a new resume
- skills training
- setting up an online profile in job search web sites
- career and personal counselling.
Stay connected to your employer
Many businesses are making decisions to downsize or temporarily close to ensure their long-term survival.
By asking to be stood down but remain connected to your current employer, you are more likely to be rehired when business and the economy improves.
Due to recent COVID-19 related changes, you will still be able to receive Centrelink payments. The need for a separation certificate has been waived.
Instead of a separation certificate, you need a letter from your employer confirming there has been a reduction in your hours.
Using your networks
Using your own network of people can help you to find new work. There are benefits in speaking to people beyond your everyday network to increase the diversity and types of jobs that you may be available.
Most people like to help others and speaking to someone, even if you haven’t had contact with them for years can open up opportunities.
Jobs that are still hiring
Knowing where to look for work in the short term will be important. The following industries are most likely to be looking for workers at all levels:
- Call centre and telecom operators
- Manufacturers of hand sanitiser and other medical supplies
- Cleaning services
- Transport, couriers and delivery
- Health care community services
These are just a few tips to get you started. Make sure you stay connected to your job service provider, friends and family (via technology) to give yourself the best possible chance. Check in with us for more COVID-19 support resources in the coming weeks.