It could be a long while before we return to some semblance of normalcy in the job market. While we do have clients who are hiring, companies are being conservative and discerning when it comes to bringing on and investing in new people.
As we engage with our creative and marketing network and gain learnings from the last few weeks, we’ve found that success is coming most frequently to candidates who are being:
Open-minded. Particularly if you are looking for a new role due to a layoff or restructure, resist the urge to pass on something that you could look back on and wish you had taken. For instance, jumping in on a contract until you secure a full-time permanent role is a smart move, even if you’ve never done it before. Showing continuity of employment goes a long way with hiring companies.
Goal-oriented. Ask yourself—is where I am now getting me closer to my goals? With a lot of time on our hands, it’s a great time to evaluate. Where do my strengths lie? What responsibilities feel like a struggle? Where am I most energized? And then, make some moves. Even if it means you have to kiss a few frogs before you land where you want to be. Take the time to establish your goals so you can create a path with a purpose.
Brave. Now is the time to get in front of hiring managers. While some may have pressed pause on their searches, when things resume (and they will), you will be top of mind. And don’t be discouraged if things aren’t coming together quickly. It’s not personal. Ebbs and flows, now more than ever, are simply part of the process.
It’s an incredibly hard time right now. There are good and bad days. (Sometimes good and bad hours!) When you can, focus on being open-minded, goal-oriented and brave. Stay connected with your recruiter. Stay in front of hiring companies. Because even if your outreach doesn’t pay off immediately, (and it still might!), it will pay off in spades when we come out of this.