Tips for Successful Return to Work after being laid off during a Pandemic

Jakarta, IDN Times – The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. Major changes occurred during this period. One thing that feels quite significant is the number of business activities that are affected. This has resulted in many people losing their jobs.

Losing a job is not an easy condition because it affects your finances. But don’t be discouraged, now slowly some companies are starting to open up job vacancies again.

Well, while trying to find a new job, prepare yourself to get up and compete with other job seekers. Quoted IDN Times from Cermati.comHere are tips for a successful job interview after you have been laid off.

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1. Manage your emotions

Tips for Success in Returning to Work after being laid off during a Pandemic, Cheers!illustration of harboring emotions ( Adderley)

Losing a job is not something that is easy to deal with. Those who lose their jobs, most will feel down and are in difficult times.

For that, it is important for you to get up quickly. Start managing your emotions better. Remember that the past is the most valuable lesson in the future.

Controlling your emotions well will help you to be better prepared for the interview process. That way, you will be more confident and optimistic in going through each process.

2. Be honest about the reason you quit your job

Tips for Success in Returning to Work after being laid off during a Pandemic, Cheers!Illustration (IDN Times/Arief Rahmat)

In a job interview session, the interviewer will ask about your work experience, including the reason you left the workplace. There’s no need to be ashamed of telling the real reason why you quit your job, especially if you’ve been laid off. Explain that you are an employee affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Also, tell the best about your previous company. Make sure not to give a bad impression or badmouth your company.

Always try to be honest and tell the real reason, so the interviewer can still capture the professional impression in you. This will benefit and give you a positive value in the interview.

3. Tell us what you did to improve yourself after being laid off

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If you have been honest about the reason you left your job, then you have to be honest about the efforts you have made to improve and prepare yourself to be able to work again.

If you spend your free time doing positive activities to hone your skills, tell the interviewer. This will obviously get you another positive rating.

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4. Sell skills and convince the interviewer why to accept

Tips for Success in Returning to Work after being laid off during a Pandemic, Cheers!

Finally, show the results of the preparations you have made to return to work. Try to try to ‘sell’ yourself to companies with the abilities you have. Show that you are competent and a suitable candidate for the company.

One more thing, stay professional and show good etiquette during the interview session. This will also help you to get positive grades.

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