Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 24 November 2020

Pocketful of Dirhams: Lost your job? How to secure a new position amid Covid-19

We find out which sectors are hiring during the pandemic, where to find jobs, how to make your CV stand out and how to negotiate your salary

If you have lost your job or are considering a career move, you might feel that now isn’t a great time to secure a new position.

Movement restrictions across the globe have caused many to lose their jobs after schools, malls and businesses shut up shop to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

In the United States, for example, the unemployment rate tripled to 14.7 per cent in April, the highest since the Great Depression of the 1930s, with one White House adviser warning it could peak “north of” 20 per cent in May or June before the economy starts to recover in the second half of the year.

Here in the UAE, movement restrictions have seen malls, schools and businesses close to help curb the spread of Covid-19. While the restrictions have eased, some residents have been affected financially either through a salary cut or job loss.

There are numerous stimulus measures in place to help those whose finances have been affected, such as debt relief from the banks for individuals and SMEs, but finding a job to secure a regular income over the long term is still vital.

As the economy slowly opens up again, what is the best way to secure a new job in this climate? Which sectors are hiring? How do you make sure your CV stands out from the crowd and how do you negotiate salaries at this time?

Host Alice Haine, the personal finance editor of The National, is joined by David Mackenzie, group managing director of recruitment company Mackenzie Jones, who guides jobseekers through the options.

Listen to last week's episode on the costs and challenges of shipping your belongings during a pandemic

Updated: May 12, 2020 09:46 PM

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