Who’s ready to move on from 2020 craziness?
(I can imagine many hands are raised).
COVID-19 has changed the planet. With unemployment levels sky-high, other businesses tanking, social, family, educational, governmental and medical unrest, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.,………………..life is different for 100% of people. I have all but stopped blogging, but really want to restart. However, I wonder if I know ANYTHING about career development. Rules have gone out the window. I have told job seekers for years to visit others, attend events, reach out, reach out, study and pursue strengths, and more.
Now, my suggestions are a little different. #1: Check to see what’s open. #2: Call and apply. Try temp services, real estate offices and contractors, home-based businesses, social service organizations, online operations, delivery services, or companies that make products such as toilet paper, toys, technology devices, and more. If you need, work for a restaurant or retail operation. Because here’s the deal: The Twilight Zone won’t last. Places will open, people will start to go back to work, social distancing won’t always be necessary, we may not always need masks.
However, here’s the other deal. Life won’t be the same. Certain changes will last long after we’ve received a COVID 19 vaccine. Online and distance buying, meetings, working, school, and more will never go away. Robots and technology will replace certain positions and alter others. Different safety rules will last.
These wheels were set in motion long before 2020. Just think: in 1900, jobs like canal digger, horse shoer, lighthouse worker, telephone operator and the like were popular. Life changes. We need to change with it. In these upcoming months, flexibility, a willingness to change, and to learn will be vital for survival.
So keep your eyes and ears open. Speak with people, see what they do, and be willing to throw “Successful Job Seeking” books out the window. I will continue to research and work hard to keep up with changes, and apprise readers of what I know and learn.
Also note: it’s OK to feel monster struggling. Based on your strengths, you may be having a very tough time with social distancing and staying at home. I know I am: this is going to be my new shirt!
Good Luck Job Seeking,
Beth Husom, GCDF