There is definitely a lot of uncertainty in both the economy and the employment marketplace right now. There is no doubt about that.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be having feelings of hopelessness or fear in terms of your career. While caution can be a good thing, fear is rarely good, including in terms of your employment situation or your career.
No, in order to face the current situation and effectively deal with the obstacles that it’s creating, you must abandon fear in favor of hope and optimism. When you dwell on the negative, you “fertilize the weeds,” and that’s the last thing you want to do. So feed your positive thoughts and not your negative ones, and you’ll see what a difference that can make.
Below are four proactive things that you can do right now once you have adopted the right attitude and mindset regarding your career:
#1— Assess your current situation.
If you’re unemployed at this point, take heart. Many of the jobs that were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic will be regained once the pandemic has passed. What’s important is that you don’t internalize the loss of your job. If you are employed, take note of how your employer is handling the current situation. Do you approve of the way in which it’s handling things, and if you’re not, why is that?
#2—Network, network, network!
You should always be networking, regardless of how good or bad the economy and the employment marketplace are. However, this is the time when you should be ramping up your networking efforts even more. You never know what a network connection of yours might know . . . or who they might know.
#3—Engage in training and education to add more skills.
Like #2 on our list, this is something that you should always be doing, anyway. And once again, this is especially the case now. There is no downside to adding to the value that you provide, either to your current employer or a potential new employer. When you add to your existing skill set and increase your value, you become more employable.
#4—Focus on the recovery and NOT on the pandemic.
This, of course, is easier said than done. However, there IS a recovery on the horizon. It could be a month away. It could be two or three months away. It could be later this year. But there is one coming. The key is to be prepared for it.
Look at it this way. When a surfer catches a wave in the ocean, they don’t just sit there until the wave is upon them and then jump up on their board. If they did that, they would “wipe out.” Instead, they paddle in the direction of the wave and meet it at the right time.
That’s what you must do. “Paddle” in the direction of the recovery and get ready to meet it at the right time so that you can take full advantage of it.
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