We all have felt the impact of the pandemic globally. It shifted the landscape of the workforce significantly. Most of us transitioned to remote working. Large companies have faced massive layoffs. You are probably wondering what your next step is. Whether you are looking for online business opportunities or looking to overcome financial challenges, we are here to assist you with the following tips:
1. Change Your Attitude
Change can be overwhelming, especially one as big as a career change after a pandemic. Take a deep breath You are not going through this alone. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, their recent surveys show that America has a high rate of hardship. In the UK, 70% of their employees are considering a career change as a result of the pandemic.
Now you have two options. You can either focus on the negative effects of this pandemic or look at the crisis as an opportunity for change. After all, the pandemic hastened the eventual digitization of everything, from education to employment. It has made many business processes and services more convenient. Launching startups just became more accessible than ever.
2. Boost Your Skills
Ready for change? great. The next question is what type of transformation is appropriate for your specialization. Can any of your skills be digitized? Keep in mind that the pandemic has also made competition tighter. Now being “good enough” is not enough. You need to excel. Fortunately, the online world has also made education and training more convenient and accessible.
employment vs self employed
Another factor that you should consider in relation to your skills is whether you are going to pursue employment or not. Can’t find a company that needs your unique skill set? So maybe it’s time to consider forging your own path.
Employment is usually a great option for those who have mastered a certain skill. Meanwhile, self-employment is suitable for those who have a collection of skills, even no special dexterity. It also means that expanding your skills is a necessity for any post-pandemic business owner, even if you already have expertise in a craft.
Actionable Steps: Make two lists: one for all the skills you already have and the other for all the skills you need but are lacking for your potential new career. Then, mark all the skills you still need to improve on from the first list. These marked items and everything else on your second list is your skill gap. Create an action plan to address your skill gap in the near future.
3. Research, Research, Research
Creating your own unique niche and achieving immediate and long-term success from it is a very challenging pursuit. If you want a relatively smooth transition, you’ll want to look at the current demand in the workforce.
Take the time to research the options most relevant to you, using your skills and gap lists of skills as a reference.
In the meantime, here are some of the roles with the fastest growing demand this year:
- fulfillment partner
- big data developer
- software engineer
- translation specialist
- medical professional
Note that most of the roles on the list are directly related to the massive digitization currently taking place in industries. Big data development and software development are given. Along with the growth in eCommerce came the demand for fulfillment partners. Finally, translation specialists make the Internet more accessible to all cultures.
4. Prepare Yourself for the Virtual Interview
Going through a physical interview is already nerve-wracking as it is. Making a lasting impression in a video interview and letting your personality shine through is an entirely different ballgame.
Here are some tips to boost your virtual interview success:
- Find the ideal location. It should be a quiet place in your home where you are less likely to be distracted or disturbed, especially by children and pets.
- Create a professional background. You don’t need to invest in a green screen, nor in a custom set. A bookshelf is great, and thus, a popular choice. At the very least, a plain white wall would work.
- professional dress. Resist the temptation to conduct your interview by wearing an elegant blouse or button-down and pajama bottoms. Always dress appropriately.
- Practice. Lastly, it is always ideal to practice with a friend or family member prior to the interview to further refine your online communication skills. It can be easy for a virtual interview to feel less formal than a physical meeting, even if it isn’t. Don’t let this underestimation become your disadvantage.
5. Upgrade Your Tech
Lastly, you need to make sure that your technical game meets the minimum requirements that your career choice requires, especially if you plan to do it remotely. A computer and network connection are provided. However, you may also need a webcam, a good microphone (there are web cameras with built-in mics), a tripod (if you’re going to use your phone as a camera), and some lights. These are the ultimate basics.
Your chosen field may require further equipment depending on the specifics of the job.
Get yourself ready. The road ahead is not going to be easy. Sadly, there are many organizations that are hesitant to hire in these uncertain times. Therefore, it can take some time to find the right fit. But with patience, perseverance, and keeping in mind the tips we share with you, we are confident that you will make the right career move for you. Good luck!
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Author: George Relish
George Relish is the editorial director of Quiddable. Before starting his job at Quidable, he was a bank auditor for more than 5 years. He is fond of reading science fiction, traveling and football.