How to recession proof your career and secure your job
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Before an economic downturn hits, start preparing to combat the recession that follows. To maintain stability in your career and be unaffected by the recession, there are certain things a professional needs to pay attention to. We are going to discuss some ways to recession-proof your career before it arrives. And then we are also going to discuss some ways to protect your job when there's an unexpected economic downturn.
Regardless of the industry you work in, there are always more skills to learn — new tools, new approaches, and new ways for your career to develop. For example, the rise and spread of the novel coronavirus have had an enormous impact on the market, business and industries in various parts of the world.
The best bet in such a situation would be to hone your existing professional skills and work on acquiring new skillsets and making skill development a priority in general. This shall help you protect your existing job when the layoffs arrive and also increase the probability of getting a new job.
It is essential to understand the requirements of the market and adapt to it. There are plenty of resources online that help you upskill and get a professional certification to vouch for your credibility in your domain, some of the widely known training providers are sites like Coursera, Khan Academy, Sprintzeal, Google Code Academy, and others that offer online courses in various fields like project management, quality management, IT service and many others. In addition to this, training providers like Sprintzeal offer certifications and training programs in various modes of study - online, classroom and live online.
With learning made accessible and interesting by these platforms, acquiring new skills has become easy and affordable.
Besides your technical skills, be sure to also brush up your soft skills. From effective communication to time management, everything matters when applying for a new job. Making such updates to your resume will enhance your chances of finding a job that suits your requirements.
Explore the power of networking and create new connections. You can try both informal job search networking and formal job search networking. Attending networking events is a great way to make genuine connections.
Update your resume and upload it on job sites. It is advised to upload your resume at least a month before your job search begins. This exposes you to large number of opportunities and helps employers find you easily. Starting your job search in advance enables you to find the best fit based on your skillset. It helps you avoid rushing into things.
Create a job search networking letter and use it to reach out to potential connections. This is a formal way of networking and is very effective in opening you up to many relevant job opportunities.
Another way to enhance your chances of finding jobs in your field of profession is by maintaining and effectively managing your online presence. Many recruiters and employers are using online modes to find suitable candidates for their companies. Having a strong online presence and being active in groups that are relevant to your profession will help you during recession. Discussions and posts in these groups are always updated with the trends and helps you give a fair idea of how the market is during that period. You can stay updated on LinkedIn and update your profile to help job recruiters find you easily. It is a great platform to for professional networking and to make new connections in your domain.
By updating your skills, getting a latest certification, updating your resume, making new connections, networking and enhancing you online presence, you can recession proof your career and be ready to face it when it arrives.In order to make a career transition, there is a wide range of skillset that are taken into consideration by employers, especially if you are experienced in your field of profession and cannot compromise on the pay scale.
Fareed is a graduate of computer science engineering, a writer and marketing consultant. he continues to study on Nano technology and its resulting benefits to achieving almost there.