With the recent rise in executive job losses due to company bankruptcies and downsizing, many executives are left wondering how they will find a new position. This article will provide you with practical steps you can take to help shorten your job search time.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many thriving industries have been left virtually shut down, and even traditionally “safe” markets are affected by this outbreak. Even executives, who were not immune to these effects, experienced an increase in unemployment due to the virus’s economic impacts.
The following guide will help you navigate the job market as the world’s economy struggles to recover.
- Resume & LinkedIn – One of the most important things you can do as a professional is to make sure your résumé and LinkedIn profile are up to date. This will help ensure that if there is an opportunity, or something changes in your company at any time, you’ll be prepared.
- Assess Your Skills – Assess your work history and identify skills/experience you can leverage before making a career change. If necessary, take the time for additional training or learning in this new field-it’ll be worth it!
- Identify Your Transferrable Skills – If you’re in a position where your industry has been negatively affected by the pandemic, it’s essential to know what skills and experience you have that might make for an excellent career opportunity elsewhere. Think about how much time and effort went into acquiring those skill sets-shouldn’t they go somewhere?
- Problem-Solvers are Needed – Companies are still looking for problem-solving applicants. Utilize your network to help you identify opportunities, and make sure that your résumé and LinkedIn profile focus on accomplishments!
- Jobs are Available – Job opportunities are still available, even during a pandemic. Check out Indeed to see what’s open!
- Be Flexible – Consider a temporary or short-term role that allows you some flexibility to make the most of your situation and find another position down the line if needed!
- Get Comfortable with Virtual Environments – Be prepared to interview for the position virtually (rather than in person).
- Leverage Your Network – Your network can be a vital part of your job search, and staying in touch with people you know through social media, phone calls, or Zoom messages can help you identify opportunities. For example: if someone mentions that they’re hiring soon, I might send them my resume to make sure it’s on their radar when the time comes!