Laid off because of COVID-19? Consider these ways to re-enter the Atlanta workforce

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers considered “non-essential” have found themselves out of work. Small businesses and service industries, among others affected by the global health crisis, were forced to shut their doors and lay off their staff. If you were one of the millions of Americans who lost your source of income due to COVID-19, you may be wondering what’s next in terms employment. Where should you look and what should you do? 

Consider Work in an Essential Industry 

Health care, health insurance and any industry that allows employees to work remotely is a good choice for your next job. There are other industries you may not have considered, such as food service or food supply, among others. You can find entry-level positions in these fields, or apply your current skills to enter at a higher level. Choosing to work in an essential industry is a smart choice, especially considering the uncertainty of what’s to come this fall for the COVID-19 virus, when flu seasons starts up again.  

Contact a Staffing Agency 

If you’re not sure where to begin looking for jobs in Decatur GA or other parts of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, it can help to work with a staffing agency. You can begin by searching for open positions on an agency’s website, or by contacting an agency to touch base with a recruiter. They’ll be able to give you insight into open jobs and the market outlook for various industries as the country begins to slowly re-open.  

Tack on New Skills 

If you find yourself underqualified for new jobs you’re looking at, it can help to take time to build your career skills. You may be able to take an online course or simply do some reading in your free time, depending on the skill you’re looking to build. A recruiter can also help you decide what career skills would be good to add based on the career path you’re interested in taking.  

Looking for a Recruiter in the Atlanta Area? 

Check out Happy Faces Personnel Group. We’re experts at helping candidates find work that’s well-matched to your career goals and aspirations—and we’re ready and waiting to talk to you! To learn more, visit us online to search for jobs, or contact us today!  


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