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Offices remain closed, millions are unemployed: here's what you should know about job training tools

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 17:49:31-04

Elijah Ahmad Lewis was living his dream, starring on the hit Broadway show, "Ain’t Too Proud."

With Broadway shows currently shut down, Lewis is shifting his focus for now, building up his graphic design business from home.

"It was going really really well until this pandemic hit us,” Lewis said.

Barbara Barna Abel, a Brooklyn-based media coach and career strategist, said Lewis isn't the only one dealing with a job change.

“When these dramatic and stressful difficult times happen, they also are opportunities for growth and personal exploration,” she said. “The first thing to really stop and always ask yourself is, ‘what do I want? What makes me happy? How do I want to feel? What do I want more of in my life.’”

After finding clarity, Abel suggests, “you actually want to stop and then look at what are my strengths and what do I need to work on.”

Career development resources are available right now. Grow with Google offers free lessons on finding jobs, career advancement, building resumes and honing your office skills.

LinkedIn recently launched a resource hub for job-seekers to navigate the new normal for many workplaces.

“We’re going to see I think a lot of independence and autonomy to work from home,” Lauren Maillian told PIX11 News.

Maillian is the founder of StraightUpAndSuccessful.com, an online community to help empower people to make career transitions by developing their personal branding.

“We know that being able to have something that makes us unique, and that allows us to stand out and be our trademark is often our calling card," Maillian said.

Additional Resources:
New York State Department of Labor
New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal