Making a career move during COVID-19
20 May 2020
It’s a common saying that change begets change – which is a way of saying that one change in our lives can snowball into all kinds of other changes. And isn’t that certainly what everything feels like right now?
Maybe you’ve lost your job or had your hours cut back. Maybe your work has been incredibly busy. Maybe other changes in your life have made you start to feel like this job isn’t for you or forever.
One benefit of the current restrictions is that you might have more time on your hands for career planning. Don’t pass up this opportunity to kick your career back into gear.
1. Set goals
Think about where you want to be in a few years’ time and plan the steps that will help you get there. This is different for everyone. It might be a job title, a savings goal, work-life balance, or a dream location. Break your big goal down into smaller steps that will help you stay on track.
If you’re registered with an employment services provider, like Job Prospects, talk to your employment consultant about what you’re hoping to achieve.
Research the field you’re interested in and some of the employers in that space. Check different job ads and LinkedIn profiles to find out about the experiences and qualifications that people need. Ask your employment consultant or people who work in that field for advice.
3. Think about jobs of the future
What might your job – or the jobs you’re looking for – look like in 10 years time? If things are becoming more digital, think about how you can brush up your IT skills and add them to your resume. In some fields, there might be a growing focus on customer service or sales skills. How can you improve on or demonstrate these abilities?
4. Look for a support service
You might be eligible for support from an employment services provider. These services help people on a welfare payment, people with disability, parents of young children, young people and people with mental health challenges. Having someone to talk to and support your job search could make all the difference. See services for job seekers.
5. Update your resume and/or portfolio
Your resume should be tailored to each job you apply for, but you can always keep the basics up to date with your latest skills and experiences.
If you don’t have a resume, or you haven’t worked on it for a long time, try a resume template to get started.
Think about what you would like to be able to put on your resume. Is there something you can add in to your career plan to be more competitive in your chosen pathway?
Think about transferable skills. These are capabilities that are useful no matter what industry you’re in. SEEK has a useful list on their website. Don’t just add them all to your resume, but pick a few that you can demonstrate or explain clearly.
Have someone else read over your work to make sure it’s clear, professional and there are no errors.
Lots of training is now online and potentially subsidised so it’s a great time to upskill or get a short qualification that will help you in your goals.
Search the MySkills website to get an idea of what’s available and how much it will cost. You might also like to ask your employment consultant if there is any free or subsidised training available to you.
We offer an online Certificate III in Business that is applicable across all kinds of industries, for office and administration roles. Or if you’re looking to get started in construction, you’ll need to do White Card training before you can start work.
Make sure your current training or professional development is up to date. Do a first-aid refresher or a disability awareness course. These small tasks can keep you feeling motivated and productive and look great on your resume.
8. Don’t get disheartened
Job hunting may feel slow and exhausting. Remember, it’s not your fault that there are fewer jobs being advertised at the moment. That doesn’t mean you won’t be successful, it just might take longer than you expected.
Take a break from the job search every now and then to do something that supports your wellbeing. Go for a walk or talk to a friend – you never know where inspiration might come from.
One thing is for certain, things will change again. If you have your goals and your career plan in mind, you will be well equipped to keep moving forward when they do.