Updated: Apr 27, 2020
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This week in Mother Lode Works... - Workforce tips - Mental health self-care - UI claim updates
Workforce Tips to Keep You in the Job Market Invest in Your Resume - What are the key skills and qualities that are needed in the near future? Many businesses across all industries have laid off positions that are considered nonessential services. If you are looking for work in essential services, how do you take your skills and apply them to a resume for this targeted job market? Transferable skills are key. Here is an example: Many employees from non-essential businesses have qualities that are needed in the post-coronavirus job market: - Working under pressure, stress or strain - Problem solving - Creativity - Industrious work ethic and attention to detail - Training in sanitation, cross contamination avoidance and workplace safety - Quality Control - Empathy and customer centered attitude Upgrade your Skills and Qualifications - If you don’t already have some of these concrete skills, now is the time to look for opportunities to gain them, and consider talking to Mother Lode Job Training staff about training opportunities: - Social networking program knowledge: Zoom, Teams, GoToMeeting, StreamYard, Google Meet, WhatsApp, Skype - Online document creation/signature programs: DocuSign, DocHub, Adobe,
Google Docs - Information technology skills - Care giving and medical assisting - E-Commerce - Delivery and Logistics (including truck driving) The Stay at Home order did not apply to Springtime, and the grass is growing, so if you have the skills and abilities to do yard work, maintenance, garden care, those skills are in demand too. Time to emphasize: - Tools and equipment knowledge - Project completion and ability to stay on budget - Experience with lot clearing, lawn mowing, plant care
Take the time now to do some research on what opportunities are out there and revise your resume, or look into getting some training under your belt. Re-Design a Small Business - Restaurants that had drive through or delivery capabilities have been able to stay open, or may be able to re-open once they have the capacity for curbside delivery and online ordering. Telecommute your services- if you are great at customer service maybe you can offer to provide technical assistance to businesses via phone. Become a Courier - If you have a reliable method of transportation and a decent social network, or can develop these tools, there might be a way for you to start your own delivery service.
Mental Health Self-Care
Right now we are all acutely aware of our own mental health needs, especially those of us in self-quarantine, unable to do what we used to for our mental well being like get to gyms, parks, theaters or see our loved ones in person. NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, cites these suggestions for self care: - Understand How Stress Affects You: According to NAMI, there are physical signs of stress to look for, such as headaches, low energy, upset stomach, aches, pains and tension and insomnia. Once you identify how stress affects you and what situations are likely to trigger a stress response, you can work on avoiding those situations. - Protect Your Physical Health: Get exercise daily, eat well, get enough sleep, avoid alcohol and drugs, and practice relaxation techniques. Recharge Yourself: NAMI suggests, “As little as five minutes in the middle of a day packed with obligations can be a meaningful reminder of who you are in a larger sense. It can help keep you from becoming consumed by your responsibilities." - Start Small: Think about activities you enjoyed before… and try to work them back into your life. - Practice Good Mental Habits: Avoid guilt by not feeling bad about negative emotions. You have a right to be upset and angry about this situation. Notice the positive by writing down one thing a day that you noticed that was good or positive, even if it’s as simple as “The sun came out today.” - Gather Strength From Others: In today’s world, this is harder to do, but possible with phone calls, emails, letters and even by taking a walk around the block and talking to neighbors from a safe distance away. Think of the world as a better place because you are in it, and you are doing your part to help everyone else stay healthy.
UI Claim Updates California has faced an unprecedented number of UI claims processed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. We are seeing a dip in new claims as of April 11, 2020. See the latest number of claims filed below:
*Numbers for local areas have a week delay compared to state numbers.
Beware of Scammers As you are aware, criminals are attempting to exploit the most vulnerable thro