GREEN BAY, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) — Almost 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment last week.

That’s roughly the entire population of Utah.

The coronavirus has turned the world and economy upside down.

For people who are unexpectedly out of work, it’s bewildering and scary. While many people will go back to their jobs when virus mitigation measures end, others will not.

Either way, a career expert in Green Bay offers a few key tips to dealing with a lost job.

“The first natural response is panic with ‘Now what am I going to do?’” Said Denise Knutson, director fo leadership development at The HS Group in Green Bay. “Instead, you want to take a deep breath and get your thoughts collected. Go about dotting the Is and crossing the Ts of life. Things like, ‘What do I have to do for insurance? What are my bills?’ Figuring out a budget. Looking at what’s available relative to unemployment compensation.”

Knutson regularly works with people who lost jobs and helps them get back on their feet.

As people deal with unemployment -- and their next steps -- she said it’s important to keep a regular schedule. That’s everything from getting up and taking a shower in the morning — like you would on any other work day — to carving out time to update your resume or seeking out a new job.

The economy has rebounded after other traumatic events, from the 9/11 attacks to the Great Recession. Kuntson say that will happen again — it’s just a matter of when.

“Everything bounces back,” she said. ”There will be new industries that come out of this. there will be new jobs that come out of this. Some jobs may not come back, but there will be new jobs that replace them — things we haven’t thought about.”

The HS Group is providing free materials to help people get back on their feet in the wake of coronavirus related job losses. It can be found here.



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