If you’re like most job seekers, you probably can’t say “goodbye” to 2020 fast enough.
But that’s not to say simply turning the calendar page will make things automatically easier. COVID-19 has put a strain on most employers and hiring managers, and though the economy will eventually come back, it may take some time to return to normal.
So to help get 2021 off to a positive start, here are four suggestions to help candidates advance their career in today’s job-seeking environment:
1. Get Started Early
One tried and true aspect for successful job seekers is to have a positive attitude that allows them to get started with their job search and keep going. Instead of thinking that because of COVID-19 you won’t be able to get a job, think more positively and understand that when markets change, you have to be ready. That means getting started on updating your resume, securing professional references, researching companies in your field, etc. Begin by updating your LinkedIn profile, as well as posting about your industry! It’s important to have these items out of the way so you don’t have to worry about them later.
2. Kick Your Network into High Gear
It goes without saying that growing your network is an important part of career development. The more people you know, the more likely you are to expand your career. Updating and expanding your network can provide you with unique opportunities, not only about finding new job opportunities but helping each other out.
There are multiple ways of expanding your network even during COVID-19. These include signing up for online events where you can participate in a number of ways. You can also attend webinars, online meetups, or join group channels/communities. Remember – technology is demonstrating that you don’t have to physically be at an event to keep your network alive and growing.
3. Expand Your Horizons
To advance your career in 2021, you may need to consider throwing out a wider net. Look at the industries where vacancy activity is highest, even if you haven’t worked in them before. For example, IT, healthcare, logistics, infrastructure, and professional services often have strong job opportunities to offer. Review your background and see how your talents and strengths apply to another field that may offer opportunities for you.
4. Use 2020 to Your Benefit
While a recruiter or hiring manager doesn’t need to know all the details of how your 2020 got sidetracked, it’s important to show any new skills you developed. For example, did you join an association, volunteer at a local charity, complete any courses or listen to industry podcasts? If you were unemployed in 2020, showing how you used the time productively demonstrates serious career commitment on your part.
These days we’re working differently, collaborating differently and prioritizing differently than this time last year. This means candidates need to approach the job search differently too. Anyone looking to land a new job and advance their career – especially early in 2021 – will need to stand out to potential employers in these changing times. Those willing to take a fresh look at their traditional approach to job-seeking will be the ones most likely to land the job they want.
Lanmark Staffing provides over 40 years of combined human resources, recruiting, temporary placement, sales and management, and temp-to-hire services. Visit our website and learn how our team of experienced professionals can help you find a great career position in 2021!