There's nothing like a crisis to bring clarity to aspects of your life that you merely took for granted before. The coronavirus pandemic cost 47 million people their jobs, at least temporarily, and led many to re-evaluate their career satisfaction--even if they didn't lose their job in the shutdowns.
Whether your employer went out of business or you've just decided to re-assess your options, here are some things you may want to consider about whether a career change is a good idea after this pandemic.
Think it Through
Coauthors of Comeback Careers, Ginny and Mika Brzezinski, suggest thinking through the potential outcomes of a career change so that you are prepared for how it will impact your income, your family life, and other aspects of your life.
“It’s an Etch-a-Sketch moment in many careers,” Ginny Brzezinski said, noting that 61 percent of women said they had interest in a career change. “The pandemic has changed so many of our priorities and values...Clearly, many of us are ready to shake that Etch-a-Sketch.”
Networking is Key
In this time of transition, just uploading your resume to a job board like Indeed or Monster is not likely to lead to a fantastic new opportunity. Instead, executive director of Wesleyan University's Gordon Career Center, Sharon Belden Castonguay, says making connections in your field of interest is essential.
Castonguay suggests reaching out to "weak ties," which are acquaintances and friends of friends or colleagues. "Now is a great time to reach out to people, check in on them, and see if they have referrals for you," Castonguay told Business Insider. "They want to connect, and connecting with people is how you find a new job."
Explore Nontraditional Roles
The pandemic has upended any sense of traditional work, where you show up to the office every day from nine to five. Now is the time to explore the schedule that works best for you and then look for a job that fits your parameters.
The most common option for nontraditional jobs is a hybrid model where there is some work from home and some in the office, but there could be all-virtual or all in-person options depending on the position's needs. Shoot for a role that gives you a healthy work-life balance, so you stay satisfied for the long haul.
Nail the Virtual Interview
Many companies have not moved back to doing in-person interviews, and for a remote position, you may not be located close to the interview site anyway. It's essential to practice your virtual interviewing skills and to come across as both comfortable and conscientious at all times.
Companies are hiring new workers as the pandemic recedes, and there are even labor shortages in some areas and for specific skill sets. It is possible to change careers even at a volatile time like this if you take the right approach.
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