There is no way anyone could have predicted the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 workforce. Whether you’ve been laid off or are just ready to take on a new professional challenge, don’t be intimidated by the idea of starting a job hunt, especially in today’s environment. While the labor market may currently be more competitive, that doesn’t mean you should hold off on finding your next role. The good news is that employers are still seeking top talent. Brandi Frattini, Talent Acquisition Manager at CareerBuilder, reports that CareerBuilder alone has experienced a 65% increase in job postings over the last two months. Leading the way are industries including healthcare, financial services, logistics and software development. Here are some additional reasons why now is the perfect time to job hunt.
Crisis breeds opportunity
The pandemic has given all of us the chance to revisit our values and priorities. Have you found that your job just isn’t meaningful anymore? Do you want your life to go back to the way it was before the pandemic? If not, that might be a sign that it’s time to reflect on what will bring you satisfaction and fulfillment. Were you recently laid off? It could be a blessing in disguise. Use this downtime to get clear on where you want to work and the type of role and title you’re seeking. Consider the activities you enjoy and are good at. A crisis can provide incredible momentum for positive change. Use it to your advantage.
Remote work provides flexibility
Conducting a job hunt is much simpler when you are working from home. Remote work provides more flexibility so that if you are networking or land an interview, you don’t need to worry about leaving the office early or taking a sick day. The current situation allows you to be more prepared and relaxed during interviews. You can also take this time to learn new skills or take an online course that will make you better equipped for the next phase in your career.
Recruiters are building their pipelines
With recruiters currently building their pipelines, it’s the perfect time to job hunt. Frattini shares that, “progressive CareerBuilder clients are ramping up recruitment efforts and increasing communication with passive and active candidates. Regardless of whether they have a large number of open positions to fill immediately, they are working to build their candidate pipelines and sourcing talent so that they are ready to capture top talent and convert applicants quickly once positions are available.” Ultimately, the people who continue to build relationships during this time will be in a better position when companies start hiring.
If you’re contemplating a new role or career change, now is the time to update your resume and get it in the hands of recruiters. The current employment landscape offers unique opportunities for those who want to make a career pivot. Focus on what you can control and make the most of it!
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