The Startling Revelation about Quitting Your Job Post-Pandemic

We’re living amid a pandemic. Whether you’re quarantined or not, chances are it has had an impact on your life. For most people, their jobs were affected as well—whether by being suddenly out of work due to a sick loved one or being sent home while the office is closed.

If it’s any consolation, many people have found themselves in a similar situation. It has caused some to reconsider their life, especially regarding their careers. But what about quitting your job altogether? Is this an option you should consider during or after the pandemic?

Experts say that, as the pandemic slowly ends, most of the workforce will be looking for new jobs. So, if you're considering quitting your job, you're not alone.

If you're considering a change of pace, now may be the time to switch up your career. With the current climate, those in jobs they love are few and far between–so if you're not happy with where you're at, this is an excellent moment to make a move. If you want to be successful, you need to focus your efforts and stay organized.

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Here are some numbers

CNBC reported that nearly 47 million people resigned from their jobs in 2021.  Many people have taken the opportunity to resign from their current positions during the pandemic and find better work. The Great Resignation Wave started to take off in early 2020 when the pandemic began, and it doesn't look like it will slow down any time soon. Many people plan to move jobs for better pay and remote work options.

To get started, follow these steps.

1. Determine what is MOST important

If you're considering a remote job, think about what else is important to you. Do you want a traditional office culture? What kind of benefits do you need to maintain a work-life balance?

Remote work sounds great, but it comes with its challenges. Be sure you focus on the most important aspects of your job search as you look for new opportunities.

For me, it was the ability to travel. I once took a remote job with a game development company that allowed me to work from anywhere in the world. It wasn't just to jet set, though. I saw it as an opportunity to take care of my personal needs and spend more time with family and friends. I value my alone time and wanted to work for a company that wouldn't blow up my cell phone after business hours. Nonetheless, remote work isn't for everyone and isn't always a smooth transition.

2. Create a timeline

Depending on how your company tackles the reopening process, you may have more or less time to prepare. But however much time you have, use it wisely to make a great impression. You know what will work best for you, so if you have an idea of what you want, set a timeline and stick to it. That's what I've done in the past. Every week I sent out applications and proposals as if I was already employed full-time. And because my savings were running low, I had a sense of urgency which helped me stay focused and motivated. I am urging you not to depend on anyone else or anything else to make decisions for you.

There are many ways to keep track of your job applications, but a dedicated tracking app like Indeed can make the process easier. You can also create your own Excel or Google Sheets workbook to track your progress. Be sure to include important details such as dates, email addresses, job titles and descriptions, recruiter or human resources administrator's name and time, and date of follow-ups.

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3. Develop your skills

Staying knowledgeable and trained in your field is one of the most effective things you can do. Whether reading books, listening to podcasts, or taking certification courses online, ensure you always learn new information. You want to stay up-to-date with the latest software and trends so that you can be qualified for your dream job. To identify what qualifications you need, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, or even a simple Google search will give you an overview of the steps required to get hired.

In addition, build up your professional network. Talk to people you trust and find out what skills they value in an employee. Use this feedback as a guide for which projects to take on and how to best reflect your new skillsets in your resume. There are people out there ready to help you, but you've got to ask!

This is also a great time to review your resume and craft a cover letter highlighting your unique talents and demonstrating why you're the right fit for each company. A well-written resume can go a long way in your job search, so take some time to create one that clearly articulates who you are as an employee and a person.

4. Get Connected

Although you may have lost touch with some colleagues while staying home more often, that doesn't mean you can't reach out and check in on them. Revitalize your network by doing just that! Set weekly goals for events or catch up over coffee to help stay connected.

Join groups to meet new contacts without leaving your home. Look for groups related to your profession on LinkedIn and Facebook, and participate by commenting on discussions and posting topics and materials of interest.

5. Never give up, even when you feel like it.

The job market seems frightening if you've been searching during the pandemic, but don't give up. You may have a better chance now and should aim high when applying for jobs.  Still, it may sometimes feel like you need more traction.  That's the moment to stay positive and continue looking for what you want.  Don't let anyone or anything bring you down; keep looking for what makes you happy.

In the end, it's all about looking out for yourself. Whether looking for a new job or deciding to stay put in your current one, do what's best for you and your loved ones. Don't be afraid to take the first step.

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6. Get Ready For A Possible Zoom Job Interview

Even though a Zoom job interview is not in-person, treat it the same as any other interview. Research the organization, dress appropriately and arrive ready with questions to ask during your meeting.

A calm demeanor is key, so do some deep breathing exercises or meditation before you go on camera. Most importantly, stay positive and confident as you show off your skills!

  • Before any major meeting or calls, always test your equipment to ensure everything is in working condition. We often get too comfortable with Zoom calls and forget that technology can falter at any time.
  • Before your meeting, take a few minutes to get organized and presentable. This will help you come across as more professional. Find an appealing space in your home with minimal distractions like kids or pets roaming around.
  • Make eye contact by looking into your camera instead of watching yourself on the monitor. Also, put your camera at eye level for a better experience, which may require propping it up with a stack of books.
  • Be mindful of your posture. Sit straight with your shoulders back, and smile because you may be scrutinized more closely on camera. The right lighting can make all the difference.
  • Practicing interviewing is key. Whether you ask a friend to rehearse with you or book a session with a career coach, get feedback to catch any habits you may not be aware of and strengthen your performance overall.
  • Say thanks. Your manners can grow rusty if you’ve been talking with automated virtual assistants more than with humans. Express your gratitude and appreciation, including sending thank you notes after interviews.
  • After an interview, you must follow up with the hiring manager. This can be done by sending a message which includes all of the key details from your meeting. Being specific and memorable gives you a greater chance of impressing the hiring manager and getting the job!

BONUS: Always be willing to negotiate terms

Don't hesitate to ask your employer what it would take for you to be hired permanently if you enjoy the job. Many others are fighting for the same chance, so find out what is required of you and do whatever is necessary to increase your chances of being chosen over them.

A Quick Recap:

  • Look for work after the great resignation online for groups related to your profession.
  • List your skills and abilities, noting where you can improve. Focus on these areas to help make yourself more competitive in the job market.
  • Prepare for a possible Zoom job interview by researching the organization, dressing professionally, and preparing a list of questions to ask during your meeting.
  • Be mindful of your posture and lighting when looking into the camera during a Zoom interview.
  • Follow up with the hiring manager after an interview, and don't be afraid to ask for what you want to increase your chances of getting a great job.
  • Finally, don't be afraid to negotiate terms with your employer.

Conclusion

The current climate is a good time to reevaluate your career goals and focus on learning and growing. Whether you're looking to switch careers, get promoted, or find a new job, taking the initiative now will put you one step ahead of the competition. So take the time to prepare for your next career move and be ready when the opportunity arises. With so many people looking for work after the great resignation wave of 2022+, stand out by looking for work that aligns with your unique skills and interests. With the right preparation and mindset, you can reach your career goals and succeed in this new work landscape.

Stay focused, motivated, and determined to achieve your career goals!

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