3 Reasons to Pursue Employment During COVID-19 | Manpower

3 Reasons to Pursue Employment During COVID-19

A woman wears a face mask while speaking on her cell phoneThe job market, and our world in general right now, is a crazy place to navigate in the wake of COVID-19. We are all doing the best we can to make the right decisions for ourselves, our families, and our careers. Many of those decisions revolve around how people will move forward in their work life.

At Manpower, we are your long-term career advisor. We succeed when you succeed, and we believe getting information into your hands is an important way to support you during this difficult time.

As you weigh your options and plan for your future, here are some things to consider.

Don’t leave your paycheck up to chance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides temporary financial aid to Canadians who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or have exhausted other financial benefits to which they are entitled.

While CERB is helpful as workers and families adjust to the changes the pandemic has produced, it is not permanent. A temporary or permanent job provides a steady source of income with regular paychecks, the opportunity for pay raises, and, in some cases, other health benefits that are not available through CERB.

Whether you’re ready to re-enter the workforce permanently or are more focused on making ends meet during the pandemic, a job will provide a much more long-term and reliable source of income than government benefits. 

Stay ahead of the competition.

It can be tempting to continue to rely on CERB and other government benefits; however, the day will come when they are no longer available – and, at that time, hundreds of thousands of Canadians will likely apply for work once more, flooding the market and potentially overwhelming recruiters.

Beat the rush by applying for work now or preparing yourself to re-enter the job market soon. This preparation may include researching companies and industries, deciding on the kind of work that works best for you (temporary, permanent, full-time, part-time), updating your resume and practicing for interviews. The time it will take to start working can vary greatly based on the factors listed above, so it’s best to get your foot in the door now before everyone else does!

Your work matters.

A man wears a mask while moving packages in a warehouse facility.Beyond a paycheck, a job can be a source of pride and incredibly beneficial to your mental and physical well-being. A job provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment, in addition to a sense of control. These are especially important during tough times such as the ones we’ve been through over the past few months.

Being forced to alter much of our daily activities and routines can feel disruptive, while the addition of new responsibilities can feel overwhelming. A good way to combat these feelings is to direct your energy into work – which is positive, productive and can add structure and predictability to your days, weeks, and months. A job is also a great opportunity to be social, make new friends, and learn from different people.

Your work also matters to your community and our economy. Your participation in the workforce now will us recover from the effects of the pandemic – both on a local and national level.