(In response to an article on The Guardian by Richard Partington)
Times are hard! You definitely need resilience to find basic employment these days. Plus, if you’re wanting to climb the ladder towards your dream career, which may be more industry-specific, you’re probably not going to get much benefit from generic advice at the jobcentre. Even with being proactive and taking initiative to network or get involved with online schemes like internships, it can be very tough on your confidence. There’s perpetual applications being sent off with sometimes not even a courtesy acknowledgement email being sent in response, as well as constant rejection.
I have been repeatedly told not to take it personally and I’ve been reminded that these are exceptionally challenging times with unemployment rates only exacerbated by COVID-19. It’s a reassurance in some ways and I know I’m lucky to have a roof over my head and no dependents to provide for, but for others, I can only imagine how difficult it must be to persist under so much pressure.
Here’s to hoping that us unemployed folk make it out the other end and find the rewarding roles we deserve!