Edition: July 7th, 2021
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
We’ve officially crossed over into the second half of 2021, and in any other year pre-COVID, you’d likely pause and reflect, career-wise, on where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. But if you’re like most people, the pandemic threw a wrench into that process.
- According to a survey, half of all workers say that the pandemic has made them re-evaluate their career goals.
- Nearly the same number are rethinking the type of job they want post-pandemic.
- 53% say they’d switch to an entirely new industry if they could retrain.
- Most respondents feel the pandemic has given them more control in deciding the direction of their careers.
Now that we’re quickly approaching a post-pandemic existence, it’s the perfect time to conduct a career check-in. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Start with Clarity
- What do you want? Though straightforward, this question isn’t easy for most to answer. The key to answering this query is finding clarity on what matters most to you.
- It takes thoughtful introspection, and sometimes, a reality check.
- Ensure that your reply isn’t merely a grass-is-always-greener scenario but a genuine desire for which you’re willing to work.
- What you wanted when you began the pandemic may no longer apply, or you may use this time to pivot and realise the dream that you had tucked away for ‘another day’.
- Now might be the perfect time to reinvent yourself. Challenge yourself to be open enough to allow new & alternative possibilities to emerge.
- But here’s the thing about clarity: it demands specificity – you can’t make progress if you ‘kind of’ want something.
2. Audit, Assess and Align
- Once you’re clear on what you want, you need to align your goals with a plan to achieve them and stay away from the things that can derail you.
- Audit how you’re spending your time and determine whether it’s supporting your short- and long-term goals.
- When you’re intentional with your time management, you’ll find that certain activities drop away, making way for other, more productive pursuits.
- Assess your environment, which includes your friends, colleagues, location, habits, and lifestyle, and impacts you far more than you realise.
- You’ve likely grown and evolved, and what once worked for you has probably changed.
- If an aspect of your environment is holding you back from accomplishing what you need to do, let it go.
- The power in saying no to people and things that no longer serve you is that you’re able to say yes to more that do.
3. Position Yourself for Success
- All your time spent gaining clarity and alignment is for naught if your message is muddy.
- If your intended audiences can’t quickly understand you, what you offer, your value, what differentiates you, and how you can help them, you’ll confuse or lose them.
- Position yourself for success by updating your LinkedIn profile’s career story, removing anything out-of-date or irrelevant, and adding information that supports your goals and sells your destiny, not your history.
- Remember, it’s not about you; it’s about making it easy for potential employers and clients to understand how you can help and solve their problems.
Properly crafted career story helps differentiate you from your competitors, highlight your value, and draw others to you.
And being able to clearly articulate your story especially as we move into a post-pandemic world — is invaluable.
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)