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Post-Coronavirus career planning

It may be hard to see it right now, but the world will return to normal at some point, even if it’s a new kind of normal that will require some acclimatising on the part of the human race. It’s predicted that unemployment numbers will be high, economic growth will be slow and sadly, some businesses will not have survived.

This does not mean you should be complacent about preparing for securing a new job, whether you’re entering the job market for the first time, seeking a promotion or change of career, or if you’re a victim of the many redundancies we’re seeing as a result of this global crisis. Competition could initially be stronger, with more people vying for fewer roles, so here are a few ways you can strengthen your chances.

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Be flexible and think outside the box. You may need to look at jobs or industries that you hadn’t considered before. The job market is changing and will continue to do so with some roles becoming scarcer, whilst new roles are created in industries that have been able to survive and evolve. Consider the skills you have and how they can be transferred.

Be proactive. If you’re lacking the expertise for the job you want, this is the time to upskill. You could enroll on an online course or do some volunteer work (whilst staying safe during the outbreak of course).  Don’t let a lack of face-to-face contact be an obstacle to getting to know people in your chosen trade. Online networking via industry-specific social media groups or registering for a virtual session organised by a local business networking association are great ways to stay connected.

Be industrious.  Use this time to ensure your CV is the best it can be. Review (or write if you don’t already have one) your LinkedIn profile so that it’s up to date and engaging. Practice your interviewing technique, both in-person and online (as this could be one of the many new norms), with family or friends. Keep yourself up to date with what’s happening in your chosen industry so that you are prepared for any developments or changes.

Be kind to yourself.  You may have to be patient as businesses adapt to the changes, it may feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack, and you may receive more rejections than you would in ‘normal’ times.  Just remember that this may not be a reflection of you, but of all that has changed about the world we once knew.

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