The economy is ramping back up, but that doesn’t apply to every industry. Some sectors are doing well, while others are still struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels. Fortunately, nearly every industry has a need for professional talent. For example, if you are an HR professional who has traditionally worked in an industry that suffered during the pandemic, such as hospitality, consider how you can shift your skills to work in a growing sector such as healthcare. The challenge is finding the best opportunities for your career growth and deciding how you can present yourself as a top candidate. Consider these strategies to boost your professional career.
Five Career Tips For Boosting Your Career
Research Top Performing Industries
Research by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 107 million workers will need to switch occupations by 2030. Get ahead of the curve by looking at the type of employers that can use your skills and experience through the pandemic and show every indication they will continue to grow in the coming years. As mentioned previously, healthcare is a growing industry, not just because of COVID but also the aging population in general. The impact of long-haul side effects is likely to increase the need for care as well. Fields related to making remote work more accessible and efficient will grow as well, from manufacturing, such as work-from-home-friendly equipment and furnishings, to video applications to cybersecurity for environments employers cannot fully control. One impact of the rise of remote work is that employers recognized how much they could save by replacing business travel with video interactions. Good sources for identifying growth sectors are websites and publications targeted toward investors, such as Morningstar, which publishes articles discussing the impact of coronavirus on industries and markets.
Analyze Job Posts
Dig deep into online job listings and descriptions in your target industries. See where your skills and experience line up with what employers are looking for and where they diverge. You might be surprised to learn what you are already qualified for and what you can easily get up to speed on. Think through how your skills can translate to a new industry and be prepared to articulate what you’ve learned in cover letters and interviews.
Build Relevant Skills
While you may have strong skills in your profession, you may need to add new ones or build onto your existing skills to present yourself as a desirable candidate. Check out articles about the future of work to learn what employers are thinking and what skills you’ll need to succeed in a post COVID economy. Consider online courses, volunteer work, or temporary jobs to gain new skills or strengthen existing ones. Besides the skills you learned about through your research, consider these top skills companies are looking for, such as leadership, critical thinking, project management, commitment to continuous learning, and ability to adapt.
Take A Flexible Approach
Full-time permanent positions are not your only option. Temporary or temporary-to-hire jobs give you the opportunity to try a new industry before making a full-time commitment. You may even be able to convince an employer to take a chance on you by offering to work on a temporary basis to prove yourself on the job. It reduces the risk of getting stuck in a job that’s not the right fit and needing to start over from scratch.
Work With A Recruiter
Professionals looking for new opportunities should consider what temporary staffing agencies and recruiting firms have to offer. They can clarify the skills you should work on, give you honest feedback on your chances of getting a real shot in your target industry and sell your skills and experience to hiring managers. Their job is to help employers find the best candidates for their jobs, so working with them can help you find the right match.
If you choose to work with The Panther Group in your search, here are some of the professional jobs we fill:
- Administrative Assistant
- Customer Service Representative
- Data Entry Specialist
- Executive Assistant
- Human Resource Admin
- Human Resources
- Legal Assistant
- Marketing Coordinator
- Office Manager
- Recruiting Specialist
Looking To Update Your Professional Career In 2021? We’d Love To Help!
At The Panther Group, our recruiting team works with a wide variety of employers who are hiring for some of today’s hottest careers! Whether you are ready to make a change or just want to investigate what opportunities are available to you, we are here to help!
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