Finding a Job in the Era of Social Distancing: Adapting to New Challenges

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If humans are good at anything, it’s adapting to evolving challenges. One of the newest challenges we’re all facing is a national pandemic that has all but obliterated any sense of normalcy. In almost all fields, from travel to commerce to the job market, things have completely changed. This is likely especially noticeable if you’re trying to line up a job.

Many horror stories are out there, of people who were close to landing a great new job before COVID hit. Then, once the pandemic was in full swing, the companies they were interviewing for suddenly shifted focus. With a looming recession and the ongoing pandemic, what are you supposed to do if you’re looking for a job?

Get Creative

Let’s not sugarcoat things: it’s going to get worse before it gets better. That’s just the reality of the looming economic downturn. It’s unlikely that the world will simply snap back to normal after this. In the meantime, people in search of work need to get creative. There are opportunities out there, if you know where to look.

Think about jobs that are surging in demand during a pandemic. Maybe there’s a position in an essential business that you could land that will help you make ends meet. Perhaps a company that specializes in teleconferencing is looking for a new IT tech. Maybe you could find purchase as a creator, making content for people to enjoy while they’re stuck at home.

Don’t Be Afraid to Change Course

If you were planning to get work with an industry that’s being ravaged by the pandemic, don’t be afraid to about-face. Sporting events, concert venues, and the like are going to be feeling the sting of COVID for the foreseeable future. So, if you were planning to become an event promoter, it’s time to change course.

Consider focusing on jobs that are unaffected by the pandemic, instead. Many companies are allowing their employees to work from home. Call centers, offices, and content creators are largely unaffected by the pandemic. They simply send their employees home with their computers and the work continues. Such positions are likely hiring, still, so you have an opportunity.

Stay Positive

Things might seem crazy at the moment, but don’t give up hope. There are opportunities out there for everyone. Remember, being quick to adapt is a skill that will serve you for your whole life. Cultivate it now so that you’re even more prepared for the next crisis.

Contributed by Cameron Norris

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