The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend global norms for individuals, businesses, and society as a whole. An extraordinary amount of businesses forced to reduce operations, shift focus, or close entirely have led to record unemployment numbers and unprecedented levels of worker uncertainty. Added to the mounting stress of worrying about one’s health and the health of friends and family, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. At times like this, with so much out of your control, it’s helpful to focus on whatever area you still have control over: following public safety directives and orders, practicing self-care, and being prepared for the future are a few that come to mind.
When it comes to preparation, people are rightly focused on immediate needs like food, medicine, and provisions. However, beyond these lies another facet of preparation that should not be overlooked: returning to work. Businesses, new and old, that will rise from the ashes of this devastation will need workers, and lots of them. Whether business models change or attempt to recreate the past the bottom line is that there will be hundreds of thousands of positions that need to be filled, and companies are not necessarily going to be able (or willing) to automatically rehire former employees. Employees too, may not necessarily be willing to return to a former position after this paradigm shift. Poor past experiences, new interests, and broadened opportunities are all contributing factors to people looking for a change.
Here’s one way to maximize this downtime: prepare your resume.
Beyond brushing up (or creating for the first time) the document listing your skills, abilities and professional experiences, preparing your resume during this time requires a fair amount of introspection. Perfect for times of isolation. Think deeply about the work you’ve done in the past and the skills required to accomplish your given tasks. Then consider the future. Do you want to go back to what you did before, or is this a chance for you to make the shift you’ve been considering? Either way, the next step is to continue your education. Not necessarily in a formal school setting, but rather seek out free online courses to help maintain your skillset or acquire new ones. For example, keyboarding is a useful transitionary skill for workers who previously did manual or service work with little time behind a desk, while starting or brushing up on a second language is a skill that opens doors for workers in all fields and of every level.
While it’s impossible to predict the exact employment landscape of the future, adding more tools to your toolbox is never a wrong move. Use this time to picture where you want to be, then work backward to identify the steps that it will take to get there. Then, take those steps.
If you still need help, contact Paradise Writing today. We specialize in helping individuals and businesses best position themselves to reach their goals.
As many famous speakers have noted, luck is the meeting of opportunity and preparation. Good Luck!