We all feel the influence of a global pandemic. It has changed the landscape of the workforce. Most of us have moved to work from home. Large companies have experienced large-scale layoffs. You are probably wondering what your next step is. Whether you are looking for an online business opportunity or overcome financial challenges, we are here to help you with the following tips:
1. Change the viewpoint
Changes can be overwhelming, especially as big as a career shift after a pandemic. Take a deep breath. You are not experiencing this alone. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, their recent research shows that there is a high difficulty rate in the United States. In the UK, 70% of workers are considering a career change as a result of a pandemic.
Currently, there are two options. You can either stick to the negative effects of this pandemic or see the crisis as an opportunity for change. After all, the pandemic hastened the final digitization of everything from education to employment. This has made many business processes and services more convenient. Launching a startup is easier than ever.
2. Improve your skills
Are you ready for the change? It’s amazing. The next question is what changes are appropriate for your expertise. Can you digitize any of your skills? Keep in mind that pandemics have also intensified competition. “Sufficient” is no longer enough. You need to be good. Fortunately, education and training have become more convenient and accessible in the online world.
Employment and self-employment
Another aspect to consider when it comes to skills is whether to pursue more employment. Can’t find a company that needs your unique skill set? Then it may be time to consider paving the way for yourself.
Employment is usually a great option for someone who has acquired a particular skill. Self-employed, on the other hand, are suitable for people who have a collection of skills, even if they are not particularly skilled. This also means that expanding your skill set is a requirement for post-pandemic business owners, even if you already have one craft expertise.
Practical steps: Create two lists. One for all skills you already have and one for all skills you need but lack for your new career in the future. Then, from the first list, mark all the skills that still need improvement. All of these marked items and the second list are skill gaps. In the near future, create an action plan to close the skill gap.
3. Research, research, research
Building your own niche and then achieving immediate and long-term success is a daunting pursuit. If you need a relatively easy transition, it’s a good idea to look at the current demands of your employees.
Take the time to explore the most compatible options using the skill-skill gap list as a reference.
In the meantime, here are some of the most demanding roles of the year:
- Fulfillment Associate
- Big data developer
- Software Engineer
- Translation specialist
- Medical professional
Keep in mind that most of the roles in the list are directly related to the large-scale digitization that is currently taking place throughout the industry. Given big data development and software development. With the increase in e-commerce, the demand for fulfillment associates has increased. Finally, translation specialists make the Internet accessible across cultures.
4. Prepare for a virtual interview
Going through a physical interview is already nerve-wracking in itself. Creating a lasting impression and shining your personality in a video interview is a completely different ball game.
Here are some tips to help you succeed in your virtual interview.
- Find the ideal place. 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. No need to invest in green screens or custom sets. Bookshelves are great and are a popular option. At least a white wall is enough.
- Professional clothing. Wear elegant blouses and button-downs, and wear pajamas bottoms to resist the temptation to conduct an interview. Always dress appropriately.
- practice. Finally, it is always ideal to practice with friends and family before the interview to further improve your online communication skills. Even if it doesn’t, it’s easy to feel that a virtual interview is less formal than a real meeting. Don’t make this underestimate your pitfall.
5. Upgrade technology
Finally, you need to make sure that your technology game meets the minimum requirements for career selection. This is especially true if you do it remotely. You will be given a computer and network connection. However, you may also need a webcam, a suitable microphone (some webcams have a built-in microphone), a tripod (if you use the phone as a camera), and lighting. These are the absolute basics.
The selected fields may require more equipment, depending on the job details.
Be prepared. The road ahead is not 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 one. But by keeping in mind patience, patience, and the tips we have shared with you, we are confident that you will move the right career for you. good luck!
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Author: George Relish
George Relish is the editorial director of Quidable. Prior to working at Quidable, he was a bank auditor for over five years. He is passionate about reading, traveling and playing football in science fiction novels.