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The COVID-19 pandemic has cost at least 47 million Americans their jobs, made it difficult for 2020 college graduates to find work, and revealed that employees with full-time jobs have serious plans to exit their roles soon.
Full-time employees are seeking new jobs that offer better benefits and job security.
Here are seven tips from experts on why it may be a good idea to switch careers during a pandemic.
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In 2019, I wrote about the value of changing jobs even if you don’t want to or feel as if it’s the “right” time to start a job hunt.
There is no way I could have predicted the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 workforce. More than 47 million Americans have filed for unemployment since March. Recent college graduates are struggling to find full-time work — or even to land an internship.
Employees who still have full-time jobs also have serious plans to exit their roles. Quinyx, a leading workforce-management platform headquartered in Boston, recently released a study called The State of the Deskless Workforce.
The study, conducted in April, found that 18% of deskless workers — in fields like retail or healthcare — said they planned to leave for better benefits and new opportunities.
As daunting as it may be to look for a new job during a global crisis, there are still opportunities to be found for job hunters. Here are seven reasons to consider changing jobs amid COVID-19.
You’re ready to get explicitly curious about your purpose
Mory Fontanez, a purpose coach and CEO of 822 Group, believes that times of transition are particularly beneficial for corporate employees. It’s an invitation to get curious about yourself and reflect on what is — and isn’t — in alignment for your career.
“Crisis is an opportunity,” Fontanez told Business Insider. “It asks us to pause and look deeply and honestly at all the things we have been doing day in and day out without really thinking about whether those things fulfilled us, played on our strengths, or aligned with our own purpose.”
Being pushed into finding a new career or job is actually empowering. It allows workers to get curious about who they are and how they can do work that aligns with their purpose.
How do you get started? First, Fontanez says to look back at your career. Seek out every moment that brought you joy. These may be projects or even one-off interactions in which you were filled with joy focusing on this work.
“This is where the saying ‘Do what you love and success will come’ comes from,” Fontanez said.
Then make a list of those joyous moments. Try to think about whether these instances also allowed you to practice a skill set or an innate talent. If the answer is yes, Fontanez says, you have all the clues you need right in front of you.
“Look for opportunities that match these recollections of joyful experiences that allowed your talents to shine through effortlessly,” …read more
Source:: Business Insider