The COVID-19 pandemic certainly hasn’t been kind to businesses or the economy in general. As we enter a period of almost certain recession, it’s a scary time to think about your career and its future. But there are things you can do to be preventative and make sure your career survives even the most severe of economic downturns.
Focus on Your Value
Sometimes, we focus exclusively on job titles and how those titles can help us earn. That kind of thinking doesn’t help much during recession times. Rather than asking yourself, “I’m an administrative assistant, where can I get my next job?” ask yourself what sort of value you provide. That can go way beyond a job title or your basic skills — that value is what can help you continue earning during periods of slow economic growth.
Grow Your Professional Network
Networking was important before the onset of COVID-19, and it’s even more essential now. Your professional network can come in handy in a huge way when times are tough — you might even be able to use it to find employment if you lose your job or get furloughed for an indefinite period of time. Maintain your professional network by using sites like LinkedIn, connecting with other industry professionals in online forums, and attending industry conferences or events (even if they’re virtual ones!).
Keep an Updated Resume On-hand
It never hurts to have an updated resume on-hand. This holds especially true during a recession. This way, you can jump the instant a position comes across your radar and apply immediately, giving you a leg up on the competition.
Learn New Skills
Another way to recession-proof your career is to focus on learning new skills on a continual basis. It all goes back to your value — when you add new skill sets to your arsenal, you’re all the more likely to be valuable to an employer. So, think about what kind of skills could benefit your career in the future, and get started learning something new today.
Get to Know a Recruiter
Having a great relationship with a recruiter can be your secret weapon during recession times. These individuals have exclusive access to top jobs that you just won’t see on job sites and online job boards. Plus, recruiters can pair you directly with companies or positions that suit your skills and desires perfectly.