The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken its toll on many organizations. Some of them have shut down completely and some others are struggling to stay afloat. Many companies have downsized, leaving a large number of unemployed people. Now is a good time to plan ahead for your survival in the work sector post COVID-19.
Here are some ways you can stay relevant and even find a job after this whole pandemic blows over:
1.) Make yourself indispensable
Start right now by making yourself indispensable. Stay in close touch with your boss and other leaders at your company to determine what they need to succeed and how you can make their lives easier. Do everything in your power to effectively get things done and become the go-to person when there’s a problem. Let the powers that be know you’re the person who takes decisive actions and makes things happen. It’s an aggressive approach, but tough times call for bold actions.
2.) Take on Contract roles to stay relevant
These are usually short-or-medium-term temporary roles. Companies will most likely hire more contractors rather than full-time permanent employees. There’s less risk and obligations to hire someone on a short-term basis. It buys time as management tries to figure out how things will change and what its ultimate needs will be.
By working on a contract with a company, you will make new contacts, build your network and have the possibility of being converted to a permanent employee. It also shows prospective employers that you’re industrious, picked up new skills and stayed relevant.
3.) Pivot or reinvent yourself
If you’re in a career that was irrevocably damaged, you need to reinvent yourself or pivot to a new line of work. Sometimes a hot area becomes cold overnight. The opportunities dry up and you have to move onto something different. Use this time to start preparing a “Plan B” for the possibility of things going south. This may entail going back to school to learn skills for a new type of career, obtain accreditations and certifications or accepting a job at the bottom and starting all over again in a new field.
Pivoting is a little different. Find a way that your skills, experience and knowledge can crossover into another field. You may have to take a couple of steps backward financially, but you can start rebuilding and quickly grow your career again.
4.) You may have to relocate
You’ll need to be open-minded and make adjustments to your life. There will be cities and states that fare better than others and offer more opportunities. If you are only fishing in one small pond, you’re missing the entire ocean of fish. It’s not easy to pack your belongings and family to leave town for another city, but it’s something that you have to seriously consider if where you currently live doesn’t provide you sufficient opportunities to find a new job or grow your career.
5.) Remote jobs will become more prevalent
One of the more positive consequences of the coronavirus is that companies have recognized that people can effectively work from home. Start searching for job listings that offer that work-from-home arrangement. Even if a job listing doesn’t say that the company is open to work-from-home options, ask anyway. You have nothing to lose.
6.) Start a business
If you have a bit of an entrepreneurial streak in you and you’ve lost your job, you can create your own job. You can offer the advice, guidance and counsel you gave to your former employer to an array of businesses that need help, but don’t have the financial wherewithal to hire. Either you can make a go of it and make some money or it’s something smart to have on your resume.
Finally, you need to understand that the fall of some gives room for the rise of others. So choose not to be among the fallen in the work sector but among the rising.