Fortune: 4 ways to prepare your career to recover from coronavirusby Community Admin in In The News | Last Edited: 25th April 2020
With layoffs in the U.S. climbing to levels not seen since the big recession more than a decade ago, unemployment in the stratosphere, and more uncertainty ahead, no one’s career is safe from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you’re still working in the same job as before the virus struck, that might change. As of the first nine days of April, more than a third (35%) of employers were considering furloughs within the next 60 days, according to a Mercer survey of more than 400 companies, while about one-fourth were planning layoffs.
The same study says that 48% of employers now have hiring freezes in place. Dept. of Glass Half Full: That means, of course, that a little over half are still trying to fill job openings. And, although no one can predict when the economy as a whole will bounce back, everyone can agree that it’s going to happen.
When it does, will you be ready? Here are four ways to prepare now for the recovery that’s (eventually) coming:
2. Get in touch with recruiters and former employers
Right now is a good time to contact recruiters in your field because, pandemic or no, they need to “keep building their ‘pipeline’ of potential candidates,” says Allison McLean at Springboard, a former recruiter herself. “Make sure they know who you are, with a clear, concise idea of what you’d like to find in your next opportunity.”
That next gig might well turn out to be at a company where you worked in the past. “As an economic rebound starts up, organizations will need people who can be productive quickly,” says James Sinclair. That means alumni, who already know the ropes, often have an edge.
Sinclair is CEO of a firm called EnterpriseAlumni. As the name suggests, EA creates and manages alumni networks for employers like Google, Procter & Gamble and Nestle. One of his biggest clients is already preparing for a recovery by contacting former employees, including recent retirees, and asking if they’d consider returning. “If you’ve ever worked for a company that you loved,” Sinclair says, “they may want you back.” It’s worth asking.