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Facing the Unexpected

Life sure comes at you fast.

What was normal this time last week has changed drastically. About a week ago, I received my first calls related to the caronavirus from two prospects eager to learn more about my resume writing services.  Each of their industries were already being significantly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. At the time, I didn’t realize how big of a problem it might actually be.

Yesterday I spoke with a family friend in Los Angeles. She’s an HR Partner for two large companies on the west coast and she was completely frazzeled and stressed because she’s spent the entire week terminating employees. In fact, she miserably confided to me that by close of business on Friday, she will have terminated approximately 1,028 positions. I believe this is what they mean when they say shit just got real.

My head is spinning as each day brings a nonstop influx of news and drastic changes that will affect our daily lives for weeks (maybe months) to come. Right now my kids are happy as clams to be home; but they remain blissfully unaware of what’s in store for the long-term.

So What Now?

All of this uncertainty can cause anxiety about what’s around the corner because so much is still unknown. Information and changes are happening in realtime throughout each day. While we can’t control some of the changes happening around us, there are still some things we CAN control. 

Take care of yourselves and your family –We’re all (hopefully!) doing our part to prevent the spread of this disease by frequently washing hands and observing the social distancing and shelter-in-place orders. We’re all in this together so community care – looking out for one another and considering how our actions effect others (particularly immunocompromised individuals) – is CRITICAL.

We will get through this. Now is a good time to prepare for life after; because as bad as things are now, this will end at some point. Right now China is reporting that the number of COVID-19 cases has slowed significantly. People are healing and there are signs that the country is slowly rebounding. That’s the kind of encouragement we need to remain hopeful. Stay healthy and safe.

Photo Credit: Martin Sanchez

Kimberly Ben is a multi-credentialed Professional Resume and LinkedIn Writer and Job Search Coach. She has written hundreds of resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and other career communications for multiple career industries and professions. Kimberly’s extensive education, training, and experience have resulted in a clear understanding of current hiring best practices and the most effective job search techniques, branding strategies, and insight on what it takes to gain the competitive edge and impress employers in a challenging job market.

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