Honestly, right now is a great time to switch jobs.
2020 has made it clear to all of us that:
Job security is an invented concept
The market is changing more rapidly than ever, and so too are the most in demand skills and industries
No one is protected from the negative effects of an economic depression, not even top performers
This year, many of us have been jolted out of our comfort zones, with our routines disrupted and habitual ways of working thrown into confusion.
2020 has been daunting, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to be found within a global crisis.
In this article, we’ll look at 6 reasons why now is the perfect time to switch jobs.
1. You want to find your purpose
This crisis has been an invitation to all of us to really reflect on what we want out of life, and to consider what is and isn’t working for us in our careers.
The pandemic has forced us all to pause and look deeply at our daily lives. Does our job fulfil us, allow us to use our skills and strengths, and is it aligned with our innate purpose? Ask yourself these questions, and answer honestly.
A career that is aligned to your purpose gives meaning to your existence, increases your happiness, and enables you to impact the world in a way that is fulfilling and satisfying.
Start by connecting with yourself and find out your values, passions and goals using the questions below to help you. When you’ve gained clarity, write out your purpose statement: my purpose is to …
Identify peak moments when life was at its most rewarding. What was important in this moment? What values were you living?
What do people come to you for help with?
What is your ultimate career goal?
A candidate who can clearly articulate their purpose to a hiring manager is energising, and demonstrates that you are committed to being intentional and purposeful in everything you do. A big plus for employers.
It’s time to do what lights you up.
2. There ARE job opportunities (in fact, they’re increasing)
I know the media is propagating a climate of fear everywhere, with constant reminders of recessions and the fact we’re going through an economic downturn.
Don’t be sucked in by this. Companies are still hiring and interviews are still happening.
As we continue to move forward, more and more organisations are going to be looking to recruit flexible candidates who can bring something unique to the table.
Granted, jobs have been lost in certain areas, and some industries in the near future will become obsolete. But rest assured, opportunities are rising.
Consider looking at AI, tech, online learning, digital entertainment and healthcare. These industries are all booming, and are actively seeking to hire.
Commit to intentionally being open to new opportunities and brainstorm how your background, unique strengths and different experiences can add value. This is an opportunity for you to add to your skillset and acquire knowledge about new sectors.
3. People are really receptive to networking
After so many months of lockdown and isolation, people are actively looking to connect, network and create lasting relationships.
More often than not, jobs aren’t necessarily found through uploading your CV to job boards, but through knowing someone in the industry; either directly or indirectly.
Think about your previous colleagues, colleagues of colleagues, friends of friends and alumni networks. Reach out to them on LinkedIn, see how they’re doing and if they have a referral for you.
What’s the worst that can happen?
4. You’re already experiencing disruption and uncertainty
If you haven’t been laid off or furloughed, it’s likely your responsibilities or ways of working have changed. The world has been forced, pretty much overnight, to adapt.
Consider capitalising on that force of change and using it as a catalyst to move in the direction you really want to go.
It’s also worth remembering that there probably won’t ever be another time in your professional history when you won’t need to explain a gap in your CV. It’s likely that your future interviewer will be sympathetic if you’ve been let go – they may even have experienced the same thing.
5. Working from home makes job hunting easier
Around the world, working from home continues to be recommended. It may not be your jam, but it has it’s advantages, especially when you’re looking for a new job.
Before remote working was a thing, most candidates had to invent an excuse to leave the office to secretly take a call with a prospective employer. If you were invited to interview, that sometimes required inventing an excuse to take a days’ holiday so you could go.
Now, you don’t have to worry about any of that. Most companies are using Zoom and other online video platforms to conduct interviews, meaning you can easily fit the call into your schedule at some point during the day.
6. You’re building transferable skills
Social distancing measures and new ways of working means most of us have more time on our hands than pre Covid 19. This is a fantastic opportunity to take that course you’ve always been interested in that you’ve never had time to do.
Online courses are a great way of up-skilling and brushing up on skills you already have. These courses are generally affordable, can be done from the comfort of your own home, and completed at your own pace.
Employers nowadays are looking for transferable skills that can bring value and a fresh perspective to the role they are advertising. They aren’t just considering whether you have appropriate past experience. Use this to your advantage to pivot into something new.
And there you have it! That’s my six reasons why right now is the perfect time to change career. If you’re dreaming of doing something different, just go for it – you’ve got this!
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