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CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton: Finding a New Career During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Spring 2021

You might have been considering a career change, or perhaps you’re now challenged to do it right now because of furloughs and layoffs due to the pandemic. In any regard, this situation has caused all of us to re-evaluate our priorities.

In September, 3.8 million people surveyed by the Labor Department said they had permanently lost their jobs, up from 3.4 million the prior month. And 30% of Americans have had to change careers due to COVID-19 related layoffs.

However, there might be an upside here. According to industry news, 63% of workers who lost jobs because of the outbreak have changed their industry and 4% have changed their field or overall career path, according to a Harris Poll survey for USA TODAY.

Kathy SeatonIn crisis there is an opportunity. And control and empowerment can come from trying something new. Hiring is happening, but personal positioning is everything.

Consider these steps.
  1. Communicate Your Transferable Skills.
    When developing your application package make sure that you illustrate how you are capable of developing strategies and tactics that can impact the bottom line. Communicate that you’re a team player, that you can make decisions, and react quickly.
  2. Identify Employers that are Seeking Your Skill Set.
    Hiring is a large investment right now for businesses, and of course, HR managers are looking for a great corporate fit. Tailor your message accordingly to the position requirements.
  3. Understand that a Pay Reduction Might be in Your Future.
    The traditional corporate package, along with benefits, might not carry the same industry standard right now. Manage your expectations and weigh your options against what might be in store for your current job under the financial constraints of the pandemic.
  4. Invest in Continuing Education.
    The completion of a certificate program is a huge accomplishment to add to your resume. And courses can be completed quickly online. The benefits are immediate, which means you can apply what you learn today on the job tomorrow.
  5. Rely on Your References.
    Develop a comprehensive list of references, who of course know you well. Request letters of recommendations, however, vet the job description and have your references tailor their letter to the requirements of the job and how your qualifications meet those criteria.

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