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Here are the Top 5 Job Search Changes That Matter Since COVID

Written by: Roger Lear
Published on: Nov 22, 2023

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No one wants even to hear the word COVID-19 ever again. It has changed the lives of so many in unmeasurable ways. It also changed the job market, how people get jobs, and how they think about careers. It has been a seismic shift that has frustrated employers and job seekers. As we adapt to the new normal, staying informed about how employers and job seekers connect is crucial.

One thing is certain: job seekers increasingly resist the traditional 9-5 office jobs. Most are seeking greater flexibility and work-life balance. Employers (mainly traditional employers) have to adapt to accommodate the changing needs of their workforce. Many companies are embracing remote work options, implementing flexible schedules, and reevaluating traditional office structures to attract top talent. Many employers are struggling with finding the "sweet spot" in hiring and retaining workers. For job seekers, understanding what these changes are could help you land a great job. Here are some of the changes:

Remote Work Opportunities

The concept of remote work has become mainstream, with many companies adopting flexible work models. While this sounds great for certain positions, only some are cut out to work from home. Job seekers should understand potential pitfalls such as the risk of professional isolation, poor communication, and collaboration. Remote positions may also blur the boundaries between work and personal life, requiring self-discipline to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Most companies prefer a hybrid model. Either way, most layoffs in the 12 months have been for remote workers, and employers are also asking their employees to return to the office. If you don't, you will be looking for another job.

Adaptability and Resilience

The pandemic highlighted the importance of adaptability. Employers are now placing a premium on candidates who showcase resilience and the ability to thrive in dynamic environments. Job seekers should emphasize their capacity to learn quickly and adapt to change.

Emphasis on Soft Skills

While technical skills are crucial, employers are continuously emphasizing soft skills such as communication, collaboration, and emotional intelligence. Job seekers should highlight these qualities to demonstrate their ability to work effectively in diverse and remote teams. Employers want to hire people who can communicate, lead, network, problem-solve and adapt. Those can't be trained, but if you have them, you will be great for many jobs!

Upskilling and Continuous Learning:

The rapid evolution of industries requires job seekers to commit to continuous learning. Employers value candidates who actively pursue professional development and are committed to knowing industry trends. During COVID, while everyone was home, many took that time to learn new skills with online classes (one of the best things to come out of COVID). If you want to impress future employers, keep learning!!

Focus on Mental Health

It took a pandemic to bring mental health to the foreground. Employers who want to recruit the best have to prioritize employee well-being. Many companies offer mental days off, which would be deemed non-PTO pre-pandemic. COVID also allowed the mental health conversation to take center stage, and employers are investing millions in all things that can help their employees.

With all these significant changes, employers are still struggling to fill open jobs since many job seekers want to do something other than 9-5 again. However, if you are looking for a remote position with flexible hours, those job listings have dropped by 70%. Taking its place is the hybrid job. If you are serious about your career and want to grow with a company, this is your path to get there!