By Janice Burch, Executive Coach, Co-Owner at Pro Resume Center, LLC
UPDATED 3/17/20 & 3/20/20 – With thoughts from our network about what they are seeing in the hiring world
UPDATED 3/19/20 – With the overarching thoughts & feedback from our network – after many conversations
Updated 3/30/20 – with additional thoughts from our network
Updated 4/10/20 – with additional overarching thoughts/feedback from our network
Updated 5/1/20 – common trends we are seeing
These are challenging and frightening times.
Today, businesses are in full-on defense and offense mode – considering temporary closures, distancing measures, shorter work weeks, work-from-home options, and more.
For many, remote work will be the norm for some time as we ride out the coronavirus and businesses do everything possible to adhere to health expert advice and state and federal agency mandates to protect employees, and limit the spread.
Some industries will see demand for workers increase (healthcare, telehealth, IT companies serving the system needs of the healthcare industry, medical device manufacturers making products hospitals need more of in the coming weeks, communicators managing crisis communications with employees, patients and clients). Still, others will take a hit as corporate leaders try to get a handle on how to minimize debt, manage with a skeleton crew and keep the doors ready to re-open in the future.
Time will flush out how employers are managing this situation. Please know that my team and I are doing everything we can to gather information from employers for our clients to help you best manage your job search plan – and provide current, real-world feedback from what trends we are seeing.
History has demonstrated over and over that this country, our people and our businesses win at overcoming adversity; we know how to prevail even in the most challenging of times. This situation may last for quite some time, but we encourage clients to stay strong and to not be derailed from their ultimate goals.
On the PERSONAL Side: Decisions will need to be made on a personal level regarding your spending and saving in order to protect your ability to pay your bills and care for your family.
But hold on tight – the fog will clear. It always does.
On the PROFESSIONAL Side: RIGHT NOW, there are many open positions across the country. But it's important to be cognizant that many of these positions are going to be un-posted – – so it will be important you are ready to reach out to companies, and your network proactively – – in addition to performing a “normal” job search.
When the fog lifts – which it will – you will be far better off being prepared, than not. When companies start posting positions again, it will happen quickly to scale up to consumer and client demands as everyone gets back to the business of making their products and serving their clients.
Do you know who will get hired at that point?
- Candidates who remain competitive and consistent in their approach, and have the right materials and talking points ready to push them to the top of the list.
- If you wait to update your professional brand (resume, LinkedIn profile, Career Bio, etc), then you will likely be hundreds of candidates deep into the applicant pool by the time you complete the process, rather than one of the first.
My professional advice is to take advantage of this downtime to get your materials and talking points ready for that next role, whether it’s an internal promotion or external search.
- You will be weeks if not months ahead of the others if you are ready to apply when the sky clears.
We wish everyone — clients past, present and prospective — good health, and hope that this virus is extremely limited in its impact to you, your loved ones, community, employment and financial security.
Senior Partner – Executive Career Coach
Pro Resume Center, LLC
Executive Career Coach & Branding Expert
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