The signs are there at last. Maybe this time, we can get on with our lives, maybe not. But now is always the best time to take another look at your career and be ready for whatever comes along next. In the last year, many of us were laid off, furloughed, or asked to work from home. Few people have escaped change for better or worse, and that’s why we all need to take another look at our careers and decide whether our priorities have changed, or even our attitudes to work and ambition altogether.
Whether you need to find a new job or reduce your working hours, add qualifications, or change careers entirely, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you’re ready to grab those opportunities when they come along.
That cliched question you hear in interviews – ‘where do you see yourself in 5/10 years’ time?’ is actually the best place to start. Ask yourself these 3 questions:
For many people, the time for self-reflection during lockdowns has been revelatory. Few of us have ever had the luxury of stopping and really looking at what is important to us. We mustn’t forget those newly discovered priorities once life returns to ‘normal’ whatever that turns out to be. There are some people, often key workers, who have never been so busy and the luxury of time for self-reflection has been denied them. Hopefully, despite being exhausted, they are happy with their career choice and not looking for a career change.
It can be daunting to know where to start, but following these steps can help give a structure to your career appraisal and job search:
Businesses are responding very differently to each other as we hopefully leave the pandemic behind. Some are committing to keeping their workforce remote, or at least in the interim, some rejecting homeworking altogether, while others are planning a hybrid of the two. There are stories of cutting office space and using hot desking or using collaborative space with other organisations. Many new ideas that wouldn’t have arisen without the pandemic.
As several of Chapple’s previous blogs have pointed out, flexible working and an agile response to the changing world of work is often the key to success for any organisation. This attitude can work well from a candidate’s perspective too. Showing that you can embrace change, be flexible and adaptable in a challenging, changing workplace is appealing to any recruiter.
Change management experts have never been more in demand, and niche recruitment specialists are best placed to help find the right person to help translate the big changes ahead to great success, for every organisation, big or small.
If the predictions are right, we could see a swap back to a candidate market within the year and organisations and individuals need to be ready for anything, whether it be finding ways to attract the best talent or having to fight them off. There are so many questions to address in a short time from retaining office space, homeworking, to new initiatives for meetings and business travel.
Our priorities have changed. Whether you are a business owner, a job seeker, or a consumer, we have a new start ahead of us to embrace.
At Chapple we specialize in sourcing candidates in external and internal communications, employee engagement, change, HR and business transformation roles.
Contact us on 020 7734 8209 for more information about how we can help you find your next role or indeed find the right people for your business.