It’s been brutal. The temporary, and in some cases permanent, closing of small businesses across the world has thrown many hard-working, ambitious people out of work in a flash.
The constant changes in policy, reactions, and news stories has caused many to enter a holding pattern that has now lasted almost a year. A little money here and there via unemployment or “stimulus” checks has lured many into holding out and waiting for things to go back to normal so they can get their same or similar job again.
Don’t be that person.
It’s time to rethink the career landscape and begin a job hunt for opportunities that are more future-proof. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.
If restaurants and other brick and mortar businesses open again, those jobs will be there to return to any time. But who knows when or if that will happen, and what cities will have enough people to patronize them. Don’t bank on it. Instead, take this time to scan the career landscape for new opportunities in an increasingly digital world.
The good news is, there are lots of them. And most are fun, fulfilling, and have a great upward trajectory. Most people don’t know about them. They don’t teach you in high school or college, because those institutions move too slowly to keep up with current career trends.
For lack of a better term, the best opportunities are at startups. I don’t mean a few people in a garage (although that is also more possible than ever). I mean companies from 10 to 10,000 employees who are based on digital products/services, high growth, and relatively new players. Anything from companies like Crash (born in late 2018, a scrappy remote team of 5) to companies like Google (you’ve heard of them).
The first thing I recommend if lockdowns took your job is to get acquainted with the startup career landscape. It’s not just for coders! In fact there are more non-tech jobs at tech companies than coding jobs.
I’ll write more in future Crash daily posts, but the bottom line is don’t wait. Don’t do nothing. Take the reigns and take this opportunity to level up in your career. You’d be surprised how many companies are still hiring, and how valuable your skills are to someone out there.
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