The pandemic has had a significant impact on each of our lives. Some effects are temporary, but many of the ways we’ve had to adapt will become permanent changes.
Several of the most prevalent changes are for employers and employees. These changes have encouraged or forced many professionals to begin a job search.
A recent survey found more than half of Americans involved in career searches are doing so as a direct result of the pandemic.
That same survey also found that 61% of job seekers are looking to switch industries – particularly into technology and healthcare, as those industries continue to thrive.
Where and how we work has also been significantly impacted.
Pre-COVID, only 3.6% of employees worked from home at least half of their work week. Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics, has stated: “Our best estimate is that 25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.
If you’re one of the millions whose job was impacted by the pandemic, knowing how to stand out in a saturated job market can be overwhelming. It’s especially daunting if you are looking to switch industries and have a resume that lacks the desired experience.
We encourage all of our students to create a unique professional brand that highlights their strengths and passions. This allows candidates to showcase their skills in a way that doesn’t require them to focus on experience.
Your professional brand should always start with your purpose and persona:
- Purpose – What were you put on this earth to do?
- Persona – What work are you best suited for based on how you naturally like to work?
This is a difficult time for a job search, but there are great roles available. Use this pandemic as a catalyst for a better and more sustainable career. Learn how Succeed On Purpose can help.