Coronavirus: ‘I’ve applied for more than 100 jobs’
Kayleigh Rennix applied for more than 100 jobs during the ban
Kayleigh Rennix has never had a problem finding work. The Essex personnel manager made almost £ 40,000 in the education sector before stepping down in March because she feared her role was at risk. Since then, she has applied for dozens of jobs but has had little interest with employers.
"As my departure date approached, Coronavirus raised its ugly head. I would say I applied for more than 100 jobs and didn't have many recalls," she says.
Kayleigh had planned to quickly find a new job and go back to work after a vacation in Italy in May.
But the coronavirus pandemic paid for these plans. Now, for the first time in her life, the 34-year-old is dependent on benefit payments and expects that she will move back in with her parents when her tenancy ends later in the summer.
"My rent is £ 900 a month and my universal loan £ 740, so it was pretty stressful. I'm really grateful for the relationships with my friends and family. My father gave me some money for some food. It was really a roller coaster ride . "
Kayleigh is one of the millions of unemployed people looking for work during the worst economic slump in Britain.
Entitlements to universal loans, which are beneficial for people of working age, reached a record monthly level in the first weeks of blocking.
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Twenty-one year old Kevon McPherson from Hitchin, Hertfordshire has been looking for work since moving out of his nursing home in December.
"I applied absolutely everywhere, from walking the dog to taking care of the elderly," he says.
The job center staff referred Kevon to a course at the Prince's Trust charity, which housed him at his local fire department.
Kevon McPherson had plans to become a fireman
After choosing a firefighting career, Kevon prepared to take the required entrance exams and apply for firefighting positions when the Covid-19 outbreak put everything on hold.
"The firefighters were really happy to have me. I beat the instructors in the beep test [for fitness reasons]," he says.
"You said, 'When you have completed your fire fighting test, come back to us.' But as soon as the corona virus appeared, I was told that we would pick it up later. I'm a little worried. "
Looking for farm workers?
Marcin Mazurkiewicz, 32, had just started a new job as a caretaker in a holiday park in Argyll in western Scotland when Britain was closed in March. Since Marcin's employer had only been in the role for a week and a half, he could not send him on vacation, so he returned to stay with his family in Poland.
He has spent the past month looking for work on British farms - but found very few jobs.
"There has been massive demand for such workers in the media, but that no longer seems to be true," he says.
"I found a job harvesting fruit a day after it was published online, and there was information that said that it was no longer accepting applications because it was filled in immediately.
Marcin Mazurkiewicz struggled to find work on a farm
"I am very concerned because my life is more in the UK than in Poland. I want to go back to training and stay there forever."
Marcin's difficulty finding work is no surprise to Russ Rogers.
He started a Facebook group hoping to connect people looking for work with jobs on British farms.
He contacted more than 100 farms, but was only able to fill two of the 1,000 people who joined his UK Farm Pickers Needed group.
"I get 10-15 messages a day from the group of people asking for work. I have a phone number on the page so I have text messages from people and emails every day that send me their resumes.
"Basically, I often had to say that there is simply nothing at the moment and that the next season starts in July and they have to try it."
While demand for agricultural workers has slowed, there are some industries where recruitment has grown rapidly during the pandemic.
Supermarkets were on a hype as the demand for food increased.
Claire Leaman says working at Tesco paid the bills
Claire Leaman, 43, took advantage of this. Before the corona virus crisis, Claire ran her own business and offered real estate and construction companies business development services.
When Britain went into the lockdown, her business lost two large customers and Claire panicked.
She took a job at Tesco in South Manchester to make sure there was a safe distance between customers in the aisles. Then the supermarket offered her a job as an order picker, handling online orders that had doubled during the pandemic.
Claire says the job paid the bills, but she plans to leave as soon as she can get her business going again.
"In this job, you are part of everything that happens with the pandemic. You are a key worker, and I assume that is satisfactory," she says.
"But it was a little worrying because you are with a large number of people and not everyone understands social distance, so if I get the virus, I will get it here and Tesco will work on it."
Tips for finding jobs in Lockdown
Stay open - be open to different types of jobs.
Let your resume work hard for you - keep your resume up to date and make sure it shows your strengths.
Ask for advice - finding a job can be difficult at best. If you feel overwhelmed, ask for help. Whether it's a friend, relative, or expert, talking about how you feel can help.
Keep your mind active - it's easy to lose focus when looking for a job, but there are plenty of free courses, articles, and resources available online.
Get a mentor - an online mentor can help you with all questions related to your job search. A mentor can speak from experience to give advice on your job search and your application and to give you tips for the perfect interview.
Source: The Prince's Trust
According to the recruitment agency Totaljobs, IT is currently the industry with the most advertised positions.
This is good news for 24-year-old Megan Schiviano from London. In early June, she was fired from her job as a sales representative for software companies.
Megan Schiviano is confident of finding a new job in software sales
However, her experience in technology combined with the recent boom in e-commerce has put her in a strong position, she says.
In just one week she had interviewed five different companies.
"There will be a lot more candidates than jobs, of course, but I know what is asked and how to do an interview like I have in the past three years," she says.
"I'm a pretty positive person. I wouldn't say I'm in a bad situation."
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