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Pivoting After a Pandemic Pink Slip

Whether it’s week one or thirty-one, the job search process is a new space to explore and learn more about yourself. Each of us has a very personal relationship with transitions adding more stress in an already stressful time. How comfortable we assumed we were with change may morph into overwhelming anxiety that was never anticipated. In fact, this may be the first time you’ve not been recruited or left a position in a burgeoning market. Know that you are not alone in experiencing a whole host of emotions and that having a plan can open other avenues for a renewed job search.

Despite the current crisis and limited to no business travel, it also means that people may be more available for a quick call or video conference. Networking is easier to schedule and as business models change, so does opportunity. Where can you be most impactful?

It’s clear that these are times that call for flexibility and adjustment to a new normal. I spend hours on ZOOM calls daily and conduct business differently. Each day is a challenge and brings an awareness that we are all learning unfamiliar dance steps in order to better engage and prosper. It’s encouraging to see how we can be more patient with ourselves and others in adapting to working differently.

Preparing for a video call and not over scheduling is important.

  1. Are your electronics fully charged?

  2. Are you in a quiet location with no distractions?

  3. Is the background neat and professional?

  4. Is your appearance neat and professional?

  5. Have you researched the company?

  6. Are you prepared with questions and your succinct success/learning story?


  1. Is your resume up-to-date? Is your LinkedIn profile congruent with your resume?

  2. Keywords, language, and proper formatting are crucial

  3. Recruiters have minutes to review resumes and you don’t want yours ignored

  4. If you have any doubts, hire a professional to create this all important document


  1. It’s the ideal time to renew old contacts and refresh your current network

  2. Don’t assume people know that you are actively searching for a new position

  3. Schedule a virtual coffee at mutually convenient times

  4. Be prepared with a way this contact can be of help, aside from hiring you


  1. Are your skills current? Consider on-line courses or other certifications

  2. Is your field expanding or retracting? Is it time to look beyond the familiar?

  3. What other areas are you curious about?

  4. What’s your “dream” job?


  1. Do you currently volunteer with an organization where you have a high profile?

  2. Roles in membership offer greater exposure to more people

  3. Look for a new group to lend your skills to

  4. This is an opportunity to make new connections and also contribute your skills

Get out of the house:

  1. Isolation is depressing- walk, run, bike.

  2. Take breaks and move your body

  3. On-line job search alone is the least effective way to secure a position

  4. Most jobs are found through personal connections/introductions

  5. Block out time daily for a balance of calls, “coffee”, connection and self-care

Changing behaviors means identifying what’s not working and shift or replace with a new behavior. Whether it’s scripting new negotiating models or better managing your time, we can advise and guide your progress. This makes it the ideal time to engage the support of a career coach with experience in helping professionals achieve better, faster, results. At KICKSTART Your Transition we offer a broad range of services to fit your needs


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