One consistent trend I’ve noticed as we ride out job searching in the Covid era…
For the past few months, folks have been reaching out, concerned about an impending recession and how it could affect the job market. It does look a lot like the writing’s on the wall, but I’m no economist so I’ll hold off on making any predictions.
Still, all the signs are there: the hiring momentum we’ve experienced for most for 2021 has slowed a bit and some companies have announced layoffs and hiring freezes. Just today, Amazon announced 18K layoffs! Even so, as I type this the job market is still holding strong as companies are still hiring and paying competitive salaries.
One thing you can count on is that trying economic times are inevitable. They’re going to happen and some experts predict that we may begin to experience this type of market instability more often. The best thing you can do to protect yourself in your career is to focus on building professional resiliency.
Positivepsychology.com defines resilience as: “the ability to ‘bounce back’ when encountering the challenges that are an inevitable part of life.”
Job market changes can present various triggering stressors as you navigate your professional path. When you focus on developing skills and experiences that help you pivot and adapt to meet the needs of an employer; and also bounce back quickly when faced with unexpected adversity.
How can you begin building career resiliency?
Make learning a life-long priority
Things are always changing so don’t get too comfortable. Take advantage of company-provided training and workshops. Stay current on any technology and industry trends to stay sharp and maintain a competitive edge.
Build and engage your network
Continue expanding your network and work to maintain those relationships. Don’t just reach out when there’s a problem. Beneficial relationships involve give and take on both sides. Attend in-person conferences, participate in online groups, or join industry organizations. Whatever you do, become actively involved.
Control your career path
Think about where you want to be in the next 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years and then plot a plan to get there. Assess your existing skills and experience to determine what you need to work on to achieve each professional milestone.
Keep an eye on your future goals
When you set a clear and measurable career goal, it’s much easier to recognize and capitalize on opportunities along the way.
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