Recent world events have created tighter job markets for some employers and made life much different for some job seekers. To successfully provide for yourself and your family, you may need to retool. You may even need to consider moving. Here are some key things to consider.
Hiring managers have software and scanning tools in place to weed out resumes they don't want to bother with. To make sure that your resume gets read, use the right terminology to highlight your training, education, certifications, and skills. The right keywords could be the key to getting your resume read.
Start a list of where you want to apply and check out their websites to find the best way to submit a resume. Check the format they prefer before submitting; for example, if you claim an eye for detail and the employer wants a word doc, don't send a pdf. As you apply, check off that employer on your list.
If the job market in your area is especially tight, look for part-time work. You may find that you can actually earn more than a full time with multiple part-time jobs.
When you punch a clock for a single employer, your schedule is set. When you're building a side hustle, you have to be the boss and push yourself to work on it regularly. For example, you may choose to start a side hustle online in data entry or as a freelance writer. Many of these "jobs" are posted on a jobs board and you have to arrive first to get the best gig. Be ready to set an alarm clock to get in the habit of working on your side hustle. Over time, your side hustle can provide a living wage.
Once potential employers choose to interview you, you will be Googled. Make sure that your accounts are as tidy as you can make them. If you don't have a LinkedIn account, set one up. If you do have one, update it. If your LinkedIn account status and your resume work history don't match, you may have problems getting an interview at all.
You will of course need a pdf of your resume so you can post it online and email it to potential employers. Go ahead and spend one day a week dropping off cover letters and resumes to local employers. Visiting in person can be particularly effective in smaller firms. If you are in the creative industry and have a bold or colorful resume, you can also put them to use for in-person visits.
Make sure your resume is a small document once you print it to pdf. If it's too big, it may not post effectively. If you email it, preface it with an email that doesn't have an attachment to avoid your resume getting hung up in their spam folder. After a week, follow up to confirm your resume was received.
Job seekers can afford to be a bit picky in the current market. If you can possibly afford it, don't be in a rush to grab the first offer you get. Consider starting a side hustle before you need the money so you have options if and when you choose full-time employment.