Today, we are faced with uncertainty associated with the Covid19 pandemic. From mandatory lockdowns, to face mask requirements, to new decisions on vaccinations – the pandemic has changed our lives in many unexpected ways. This is especially true when it comes to the economy and the workforce. The pandemic has resulted in large-scale layoffs, increased numbers of people on unemployment, and even entire company closures. For workers who find themselves suddenly and unexpectedly out of work, such disruptions may seem uncanny. Yet, despite these unprecedented times, there are still silver linings present…if you are open to the possibilities.
Interested in learning how to effectively boost your chances of enhancing your career, even during a pandemic? The following are a few helpful tips you can follow today to transform your career despite the global downturn.
Revamp your resume ASAP
A resume is a summary of your work experience, skills, and expertise. Whether you are planning to apply for a job in your current field or switch gears altogether, an impactful resume is needed to present you to employers. Be sure to improve your resume in a number of ways to include:
Evaluate your existing skills and learn new ones
As the job market continually evolves, your skills also need constant cultivation to work to your advantage. Searching for a job can be very challenging in and of itself due to its competitive nature and now the COVID-19 global pandemic has added an extra layer of challenge into the mix. If you have not sharpened your skills in years, now would be the best time to pursue additional education, certification, or training to enhance your competitiveness in today’s job market (you do not want antiquated or obsolete skills to be a hindrance to your job search!).
To begin, first evaluate yourself by asking the following questions:
What are you good at?
What are your passions and interests?
What are some credentials that others in your line of work have that you do not?
What trends or market changes are emerging in your field?
What technology, platform or program knowledge would enhance your skill set?
Answering these questions can lead you to a plethora of resources including free webinars, online trainings, certifications, degree programs, and even community-based activities that can increase your marketability to future employers.
Reach out to your network and make new connections
Social media plays a vital role in a job search and your online presence matters when it comes to your chances for getting hired. Today is the best time to maintain an active status on your online profile, particularly on your LinkedIn account.
If you’re not on LinkedIn then you are missing out on a great opportunity. LinkedIn is a professional network with millions of users. It is a platform that can connect you with the right people who can provide you with insights into a new job or lead you to find a new career. Also, it is the place that recruiters hang out to source new talent. Recruiters use the platform as part of their recruitment strategy to find top talent, so a well-written LinkedIn profile has the potential to help drum up interest in who you are as a prospective candidate.
When it comes to your LinkedIn profile, be sure to include a catchy tagline, an interesting summary statement and full job descriptions for each of your positions. This is the best way to create an effective profile that is a true testament of your professional brand.
What’s more is that you can connect with others you know who are in your industry, deepen those relationships, let others know you are open to work, as well as make new connections – all by sending a quick connection request or direct message.
Even though we’re amid a global pandemic, today could also be the best time for you to reassess your career, make changes and seek out new job opportunities. So, while the COVID-19 global pandemic may not end soon (this is yet to be determined), it is important to be prepared because as fast as reality changes, it is important for your adaptability as a job seeker to equally keep pace.
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