Hello, Kiron here!

I hope you’re having a good start to 2021, but if you are not, myself and my team are here to support you!

Moving from 2020 into 2021 is a nerve-wracking time for many. No one could have predicted the craziness of last year, so it is little wonder that a lot of us (myself included) are feeling apprehensive about what the next 12 months will bring.

Finding employment during this challenging time is more important than ever. The pandemic has sadly created a lot of job uncertainty, which is affecting more than just finances.  There are no two ways around the fact that unemployment affects our mental health. Lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and depression are among the commonly observed psychological effects of being out of work.

Not having a job can also lead to feelings of inferiority, and these negative emotions can worsen even further if you are constantly being rejected in your job search.

For those that know me, you will know that I have built my reputation on going the extra mile for each and every one of my clients and candidates.  The hospitality sector has been hit hard, but just remember, that where there is a downfall, there will always be an uplift ?

My job is not only to secure employment but to find you the kind of work that’s right for you, and to support you as you go through the recruitment process.

If you are out of work and struggling with your mental health, here are my top tips on what you can do:

1:  Make Daily Task Lists

Commit to making actionable lists of what you can do each day to find future work. This may be updating your CV, contacting recruiters, looking through job postings, and getting in touch with friends and former colleagues who might be able to help. It’s also a good idea to invest time in utilising platforms like LinkedIn and job boards CV Library, Total Jobs and Indeed.

Dedicate a set amount of time each day, but once actioned let it go and do something that you enjoy pick up a book go for a walk.

2: Practice Self-Care

Self-care is more important than ever, and it costs nothing to put your wellbeing first. Enjoying relaxing bubble baths, reorganising your home and taking daily walks are all cost free ways to help you improve your mental health and feelings of self-worth during this uncertain time.

Physical health can have a wonderful impact on mental health, therefore there is no better time to get fit than when you are out of work/ working less hours. Exercising regularly is one the best ways to release feel-good hormones in your body, which can help turn negative thoughts into positive ones. I would personally recommend this incredible lady – check her out on Instagram @viktorijafitnesspt : https://linktr.ee/viktorijafit for help and support. I have walked endless miles and have enjoyed exploring the beautiful spots and hidden gems of Oxfordshire. No matter what the weather has thrown at me, I have been out there on my daily walk!

3: Seek Support.

Seek support from your loved ones and the people in your life. We as recruiters are here to listen too! I want to stress how important it is to talk. https://www.samaritans.org/ is an organisation to assist with any issue – just call and you will be listened to.

Everyone is in this together; the pandemic will be easier if we stick together!

4: Develop Your Skills

Having more time on your hands offers a wonderful opportunity to expand on your skills and develop your personal growth. Need to work on your Excel or Outlook skills?  Now is a great time to do it. Perhaps you could try learning something completely new such as taking up an online creative writing course. The bottom line is to make the most out your extra down time to bring something positive to your life (and your CV!). I have developed and expanded my knowledge on Excel, I highly recommend YouTube! It’s free and there are endless tutorials.

I have been in this industry a while now, and I know that the hardest work in the world is having no work at all!  I will be back soon with more help and advice. In the meantime, my team and I are here for one-on-one support.  Just get in contact on K@kironassociates.co.uk  and we will be here to listen and support.

Until next time, stay safe!