Our current Covid19 lockdown will eventually end. Across the world, there are brilliant people developing ways to attack this crisis—vaccines, rapid testing, improved treatments, protocols for daily interactions, contact tracing technology—all with the goal of bringing a level of certainty back to our lives.
That’s the good news. The tougher news is the economic impact will stretch beyond the eventual flattening of the curve. The statistics about record unemployment are sobering and the hurt felt by real people behind the numbers is intense.
The economy will gradually heal as well. But in tougher moments, genuine support for one other is vital. That includes providing guidance to those with disrupted career paths who are job searching in an uncertain and volatile market. When you search the internet for such advice, you’ll find a consistent set of next steps:
- Update and/or revamp your resume and LinkedIn profile.
- Expand and tap into your network
- Take online courses and learn new skills
- Be patient and persistent
This is all good advice worth taking. To further increase your odds of success, you need to put yourself in the shoes of employers and understand how they think. What are they facing and how does that drive their hiring decisions? Most importantly, what does that mean for you as you interact with them?
Employers need people who can pivot.
In a previous article I shared that in the face of uncertainty, organizations need to be able to execute at high levels, and pivot when things change. To accomplish that, they need people who can do the same.
During job interviews, share examples of when you changed course on short notice. That type of pivot requires comfort with ambiguity. If you need lots of information, high amounts of clarity or a very hands-on manager—this is not the time to show that. This is the time to demonstrate (and develop) your ability to advance work despite uncertainty. Be prepared to answer questions like:
- Have you had to adjust to changes over which you had no control? How did you handle it?
- What do you do when priorities change quickly? Share an example.
- Do you have an example of adapting to a wide variety of situations or environments?