Career Steps for the COVID Era and Beyond

The pandemic has changed almost everything, including how best to land a new role.

Right now, it sure doesn’t seem like a great time to switch careers—not with millions still unemployed and hundreds of thousands of people still contracting the coronavirus each day.

But experts say, even in a pandemic, there is one rule of thumb that applies: keep control.

Keep control over your career, that is, despite the environment. Indeed, during this challenging time, you likely have been adding experiences and skills that can lead you to something better professionally. “Risk-taking, curiosity, agility—those are the currency of the realm going forward,” says Dennis Baltzley, Korn Ferry’s global solution leader for leadership development.

To be sure, getting noticed by employers will be much different now than in the pre-COVID era. Even after the vaccine gets widely distributed, experts say job seekers will need to have a grasp on how to do video interviews. Below are some insights that experts from across Korn Ferry have provided on connecting with HR professionals and positioning yourself for new opportunities during this pandemic. The goal is to be sure coronavirus doesn’t overturn your career.

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