There’s a statement attributed to Charles Darwin that goes like this:
«It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. »
People- Whether we want to admit it or not, we are living a “New Normal” in both our personal and professional lives. Things will not go back the way they were any time soon, which is why the quicker we make peace with that new normal, the quicker we can start taking the necessary steps to start seeing some serious positive changes.
For some of us professionals reentering the marketplace, I would suggest before sending resumes and responding to interview requests, it might be best to first do the following:
1- Make a list of your job skills from your last position-are those skills still marketable? Or have they become obsolete post Covid? Do you have any transferable skills that you can emphasize in your resume? This is very important especially if you are making a career change and do not have experience.
2- Have you acquired any new skills or discovered new talents? For example, before the pandemic, I was posting on social media, but I never saw myself as a content creator. It was just me sharing my views through my posts on certain topics with the world. But guess what? Today, I take that newfound talent seriously, and if I should need to explore a new career path, this is definitely a skill I am bringing on the table. So don’t minimize some of your possible hidden talents just because you haven’t made money from them yet.
3- Learn new skills!!! Whether you are staying in your current position or career field, or considering choosing a new one, it never hurt to acquire new knowledge.
By the way, did you know that LinkedIn offers several short courses? They even have an app that allows to save the ones you’re interested in. Something to consider...
4- Use social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc as a virtual portfolio to market your talents. You don’t have to be active in all of them. Just pick the one that you are comfortable with, and that allows you to meet and interact with people that can assist you in your journey.
Do you agree with those advices? Let me know in the comment section.
And thank you Andrew Seaman, Senior Editor for Job Search & Careers at LinkedIn News, for this opportunity to share my thoughts on this particular topic.