Finding that next job is always dependent on what is happening in the world, not just your industry or your neighborhood. And of course, the events of 2020 have added some changes that will be around for the long haul. If one of your goals for 2021 is a new job, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The civil unrest of the past year has candidates looking at how companies are dealing with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Companies are making attempts to rectify institutional bias and address DEI concerns, and according to Christian Sutherland-Wong, COO of Glassdoor, there has been an increase of 66% in users mentioning DEI in their reviews. As a job candidate, do your research about a company’s culture before applying for a position. Finding out how their employees feel about the workplace can give you some valuable information on whether you will be comfortable in their culture and if your values align with corporate values.
The pandemic has also scared some would be job seekers into staying with a job that doesn’t suit them anymore. The need for income and often health insurance is real. But, there are companies that are hiring, and industries that either have thrived during the pandemic or are building for the next normal. Industries that thrived include e-commerce, tech and healthcare. In the near future, customer service and renewable energy will be on the rise, too. If you currently work in one of these industries, you probably don’t need to pivot. Polish your resume, clean up your social media, get LinkedIn up to date and start your search.
Some industries have been hard hit, like travel and hospitality, and retail. If you work or have worked in an industry has been decimated, you need to consider pivoting to a career in a field where you have transferable skills. Be honest about your skillset, the hard and soft skills you have mastered, as well as what you enjoy doing. Research how these skills can transfer to another industry. A recruiter can help you identify in demand skills and how your specific skillset can help you start a new career.
Do some research into the field you want to pursue. Check job listings and LinkedIn for what skills the new field needs, and the terminology they use. Think about how your skills relate, and how you can craft a story for why you are a great candidate for an open position. Be enthusiastic and express curiosity and an eagerness to learn. Hiring managers often will train the candidate who is the right fit.
There is a rise in temporary and contract work right now in many industries. If a company is wary of hiring at the moment, but they still have work that needs to be done, they may opt for a temporary hire to move things along. It is possible that some of these positions will result in a full time hire. If you find yourself accepting a contract gig when you really want a full time career, make sure to communicate with your employer. Make yourself indispensable and perform above the expectations for the role. Let them know you are open to full time work, so when they are ready to make that transition, you will be top of mind.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said “change is the only constant” and the past year has borne this out. We can’t count on the usual hiring trends in 2021 because so much of the world is different today. But those who choose to adapt and grow with the changes have options for a fulfilling career.