Is our new norm halting your career?
There is no doubt that we are in a very unique and difficult time with the Covid-19 crisis. A lot of people are losing jobs, being laid off, and left with uncertainty as to where things will go from here. And this is a very real concern and worry for a lot of people. And of course, the longer it continues, the scarier it becomes.
But, does everything have to stop? Is there something that you can do to position yourself to be successful when things begin to return to something that resembles normal? Yes there is.
With the extra time you now have, because of layoffs and social distancing, it’s a good time to reflect and honestly assess where your career is. Should you explore a career change? Or perhaps you like the direction of your career, but would like to pursue an advancement opportunity. Well, now is the time to consider these options.
Even though you have been put off work, at least in the interim, it doesn’t mean that everything has to stop. So what can you do to be more productive with your time in relation to your career?
- Start doing some research to see what other career options you might like to consider.
- Use this time to assess your transferrable skills and how they might transfer to a new career.
- What additional education/training might you need to obtain, and is there an online option to be working on that now?
- Just because we are physically social distancing, doesn’t mean that we can’t reach out to other people via phone or Skype. A lot of people are still working from home. Use this time to see if they can provide any information that will help you with your decisions and next steps.
- Make new connections with members of your own organization, and see what opportunities might be available when we all get back to work.
- Take a good look at your resume. Update it and make sure you have a current master resume from which to start the tailoring process.
- Go online and check what jobs might be available. Some jobs will be posted now even though processes are being put on hold.
- Check your qualifications against the requirements and see if you need to add any skills/training.
As you can see, even though we are in a very serious global crises, there are still things that you can do on your own to help position yourself to be successful when things get back to normal. If you’re not sure what steps you can take or how to get started, don’t be afraid to engage the services of an experienced Certified Professional Career Coach.
Stay well and safe during this very difficult time.