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5 Ways the Lockdown Has Changed the Job Market

As we’re discovering what 2021 has in store for us all, we are still getting used to the pandemic’s impact and its numerous consequences. For many countries globally, that means that the lockdown is still in place, together with social distancing, no in-person events or networking, and limited interpersonal interactions face to face. Some have lost their jobs during the pandemic. Many have had to develop their own business idea to survive and build up their financial stability. Others have had to face an entirely different market upon finishing their university education.

It’s far from perfect or predictable, but we can at least do some of our own research and prepare the best we can for this changing, pandemic-affected professional environment. Learning about the changes to the job market can help you manage your career more easily, find new job opportunities, and create a path for yourself that will bring you the kind of security and satisfaction you need. Here’s what you should know.

Digital recruiting front and centre

Especially in healthcare and technology, the lockdown and accompanying restrictions have made traditional recruiting almost impossible. To adapt, selecting candidates now means utilizing digital channels such as social media, video interviews via conferencing software, and AI-enabled filtering systems to shorten the process altogether.

Research has shown that 58% of recruiters use LinkedIn, Facebook and even Instagram to pursue qualified professionals. Additionally, almost 50% advertise on social media more than ever to attract top talent their way. This means for you as a job seeker to start looking to these outlets when it’s time to hunt for a new job, rather than just traditional advertising platforms.

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The medical field embraces online learning.

We know that medical workers and other first responders have saved lives all this time and that their jobs have been soaring in demand for the past several months. However, training people in the medical field is a challenge. Fortunately, getting certified in some of the most vital skills such as life support care for adults and children has been made possible online, too.

The medical field, in short, is fast adapting to the need for e-learning to prepare new generations of medical workers. As a result, more healthcare workers can obtain PALS certification online to specialize in paediatric advanced life support and provide essential care during the pandemic. Despite the lockdown, more healthcare specialists will be able to find jobs and qualify for them simply because they’ll be able to get the necessary credentials online.

Remote work grows in popularity.

The lockdown has also reinforced another trend that has been popular for a while: remote work. However, this time, remote work doesn’t refer to digital nomadism and working on the go, but to creating a home-based office to practice social distancing.

From digital marketing to law offices, many industries are now switching to the remote work model precisely due to these restrictions. While there are challenges to cope with specific to each sector, companies are doing their best to learn and adapt on the go, making remote work more plausible even for the least likely of industries.

Freelancing as a way to diversify

Although freelancing has been popular for a while now, more people will turn to this kind of career-building in order to build up their income potential and ensure their financial stability during the lockdown. Digital freelancing opportunities will remain in high demand, from content writing, web design, graphic design, to virtual assistants, accounting and bookkeeping.

You can consider developing your freelancing career by joining existing and trustworthy platforms or using social media to get the ball rolling if you plan to sell your handmade goods or services to a local audience.

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Some industries slow to recover

Different industries will take more time to recover, and many businesses will shut down as a result of the lockdown. The hospitality industry, in particular, has already experienced a significant slump due to many pandemic-related restrictions, especially larger hotels and restaurants. In contrast, smaller, boutique stays and eateries have managed to survive and have a better chance to continue this year, too.

Why? Because it seems that a limited number of guests will be an advantage while focusing on small-scale travel and local travel will help them stay active for locals instead of tourists from abroad. As for the leisure and entertainment world, theatres, cinemas, clubs, and the like will all be extremely slow to recover, as we have no idea what the new normal will require.

Although we have yet to see how the market will change and adapt during the upcoming months, the pandemic-caused lockdown has already had various kinds of impact on the job market across all industries. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a freelancer, or a nurse in training, this situation will continue to evolve, and it’s best for us all to stay informed and learn about the trends that will pop up during this year.


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