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  • Writer's pictureAlicia Stevens

4 Tips to Defining Career Resiliency

We are living in uncertain times. Whether it’s the global pandemic or the social unrest, the truth is a lot is out of our control as it pertains to job security. Despite the ominous times we are living in, the one area we do have control over is our career planning. Preparing for the unknown isn’t necessarily something that comes naturally. Creating a plan and working towards achieving career-focused goals can position you to be competitive in any job market. Below are a few ways to help you prepare.

1. Diversify your skills

Taking a step back and looking at your existing skills to determine what skills are missing is a great start! Consider looking at all of the areas in which you’ve been engaged and increase your knowledge in the areas that are lacking. Becoming more well-rounded is always wise and it will position you to be more marketable. Identifying a certification that can attest to your training/knowledge in a specific area is also a validation of your skills which is often attractive to prospective employers. Consider taking advantage of any tuition reimbursement programs your existing employer may offer.

2. Expand your Network

We hear time and time again how the majority of candidates are identifying new jobs via their network. This doesn’t happen by accident. It takes time to build your network by taking a strategic approach to who you add to your network. The more diverse your network, the greater the opportunities. Job listings tend to draw piles of applications, which puts you in intense competition with many others. Having a broad network can increase your chances of being considered for an opportunity if you have someone who can help make the connection.

3. Get involved in your user community

This is likely to be the area that presents one of the biggest opportunities. Studies have shown that 60-80% of candidates find new employment through someone they’ve previously worked with. That includes local associations and industry-related user groups. If you are not already involved in your industry's community this has the best return on investment to your career growth. Not only does it allow you to give back to your community, but it also provides great exposure to your career and it builds your experience and network.

4. Plan your next move

You may be in a position to make a difficult career decision at some point, so you may as well think things through before a potential layoff or other external events force your hand. Considering your professional goals will give you some guidelines when or if you need to make a job switch. For example, think about the minimum salary you’re willing to accept, or if you’d be willing to work under a different or lesser job title. Think about other fields or industries you could work in and if you would consider relocation. Preparing for the unknown will help you make a wiser decision and it will allow you to focus on what matters most. Letting your skills and strengths drive your career moves rather than fear will always prove to be a better outcome.

While you may need to make a reluctant or unexpected move at some point, knowing the career path you want to take will help you set goals and take steps to redefine yourself, even in the case of an uncertain job market. So, think about where you want to be, and even if your career does hit a snag due to a recession or some other issue, revisiting your goals can help you recalibrate.

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