Looking for a job in 2021 looks a lot different than in previous years.
The changes made to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are in full force and effect. We’ve seen these measures have a significant impact on the job search process. There are so many new things you have to consider – new ways to apply, video interviews, remote roles, shifting economic demand.
Take these important steps if you’re looking for work. They will help make your next job search safe and successful.
put your safety first
Even though the vast majority of hiring and interview processes are being done online right now, you may be required to eventually meet in person. This is particularly the case if you are taking a job where you will be working onsite, such as at a retailer or in health care in a customer-facing role. Follow these steps for safe interactions with potential employers:
- Wear a mask
- Sanitize and wash your hands frequently
- Follow all recommended protocols outlined by the hiring company
- Stay home if you are not feeling well – alternative arrangements may be an option
- Assess the safety measures being taken by the company – are they following all safety measures?
brush up on your tech skills
Almost all aspects of the job search process have gone digital:
- Online applications
- Companies are increasingly using automated screening tools
- Video job interview
- Remote work using collaborative workflow tools
Being technologically savvy is a must to get through the job search process in 2021. If you are not familiar with the technology needed to apply for jobs and work remotely, now is the time to freshen up your skills.
focus on key industries
There are countless industries that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Restaurants and small businesses are just a few. There are also others that are doing well and even thriving because of the way the economy has had to shift. Use this trend as a means to focus your job search. It may mean you make a horizontal move, go outside of your comfort zone, or enter a completely new industry. Here are some top industries with the most promise for 2021:
- Customer service, retail
be ready for competition
As we’ve all seen reported in the news for months now, there was no shortage of people who lost their jobs in 2020. Many of these job losses were a result of the impact COVID had on the economy. Expect an influx of people seeking out new jobs in 2021. Refine your skills, update your resume, and leverage your professional contacts to give yourself the best chance of success. Apply frequently, be persistent and have some patience.
be open to new opportunities
The reality is your ideal job or even a job in your area of expertise may not be available right now. Consider broadening your horizons and being open to new opportunities you may not have considered in previous years. Maybe it’s a new title, or a contract instead of a permanent position. Or perhaps it is a role in a completely new industry. Entertain all options to give you more employment opportunities.
Looking for a job at any time can be stressful. Applying for a new role during a pandemic only complicates things further. Make safety a priority and adjust your job search strategy to reflect the current trends in 2021.