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The Covid 19 pandemic is changing the way we live, work, and interact like never before. Additionally, there is growing concern about the economy and the increasing unemployment rate. As we continue to adapt to rapidly changing norms, it’s an opportune time to take stock of your career situation and prepare for the future. Here are some actions you can take to prepare yourself for the uncertainty that lies ahead.
Connect with people
Now’s an especially good time to reach out to check in with friends, former colleagues, and associates who you care about. You’ll be able to help each other manage through this difficult and unusual time, share relevant information, and build new connections. Most people cultivate their network only when they’re already in need; reaching out now will ensure that your network is active and ready if you find yourself in a situation where you need to tap into it quickly.
Update your tools
If it’s been a while since you’ve reviewed your resume or updated your LinkedIn page, now’s the time to do so. Whether you find yourself wanting to make a change or forced to, having updated tools will increase your ability to act more quickly if the time comes. Be sure to highlight career success stories and unique expertise and experiences as part of your career narrative.
Clarify your value proposition
As unemployment numbers climb, employers will have a larger talent pool to choose from when filling roles. This is a shift from recent years when unemployment numbers were very low and job candidates had greater leverage. Whether you’re a candidate in transition or an employee trying to prove yourself in a current role, it’s important to understand and communicate how you add value as an employee.
Create greater visibility for yourself
To adhere to social distancing, LinkedIn and other digital platforms are the best resources to connect, comment, and stay informed professionally right now. They can also build your visibility as an expert and enhance your professional brand, leading to greater connectivity. Publishing relevant content and providing appropriate commentary on others’ posts help you stay connected and increase your visibility.
These practices are good measures to take in any situation, but now it’s especially important to be thoughtful about how to connect with others and prepare yourself professionally for what lies ahead in these uncertain times.
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