Early in 2020, when the pandemic began to spread across the county, unemployment benefits were expanded. In the CARES Act, along with the one-time stimulus payment, unemployed workers were able to collect an additional $600 per month beyond the state payments. With a 13.3% unemployment rate, that’s been a significant number. This unemployment benefit is scheduled to end this week. Are you prepared for the next step of your career? Here’s what you should know.

Possibility for Renewal

While there will be discussions about a possibility for renewal at the federal level, it appears unlikely at this time. Though the additional money will not continue after the deadline, some aspects of the CARES act will remain in place. For example, most states pay unemployment for up to 26 weeks, but the CARES act extended that to 39 weeks.

Restarting Your Job Search

Of course, even if you’re still receiving unemployment payments, you can begin the process of kickstarting your job search. It may feel as if you’re behind, but you can look at this as a chance to regroup entirely and seek out the perfect job for yourself. Start by reviewing your resume and updating it to reflect any new accomplishments.

Make a Plan

Going into your renewed job search, you need a solid strategy. You want to determine what kind of job you’re looking for rather than just sending your resume to anything available. Start with a list. Write down all of the things you love doing. On a second list, write the skills you have. Now, compare the lists to see where there’s crossover. Consider the possible opportunities that utilize those things.

Contact a Local Staffing Agency

One of the best ways to find a new role, even if it’s just temporary to help fill in an employment gap, is to work with a local staffing agency. A recruiter can work with you to determine the best possible match for your skills and help you find long- and short-term positions.
Are you ready to look for your next career opportunity? Contact the team at ProStaff today to see how we can help.