A couple of days ago I participated in a virtual meetup and one of the questions to the speakers was what would they like to see in a resume of a candidate, whose job has been affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. It is a tough one to answer, but interestingly, all panelists agreed that they would be curious what people did to adjust to the situation, contribute to the community or maybe challenge themselves.
As a recruiter, I hear a lot of career and life stories. Although every career path is unique, there is always something special about how successful people stand out even through tough times. They simply do not give up on their undertakings and continue innovating, improving, perfecting or starting over.
It’s quite straight forward. Every day we choose what to spend our time on. One may prefer to watching a movie with a glass wine, another, might take this time to upskill, share thoughts, consult or give advice, finish abandoned projects, take an extra step to realize their career goals, business ideas or maybe do something good for the community.
As an example, I recently spoke to a candidate, who always held senior roles in the IT space but struggled to secure a new job in the current situation. This person decided to give back to the community and contribute to fighting against Coronavirus by taking a job to manually pack medical masks in a factory. Another person used the extra free time to finish and launch a great training program. At a company level, some organizations adjusted or shifted their focus, offering and roadmaps towards arising opportunities, gaps or special customer needs. Others took this lull to refine customers/users' experience, set or improve their targets and even provide free of charge support for those who cannot afford to pay.
On this topic, I came across an interesting article describing how someone lost the business to coronavirus crisis and created a different successful company in literally 3 days.
Here is a link if you are interested https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-i-iost-my-business-covid-built-new-one-3-days-dickinson-mnzm-
During the past 2 weeks, I saw various reactions to the COVID situation from anger, fear to complete denial, which is all ok because there is no right or wrong. However, what I didn’t expect is to see such a strong dedication in people and teams, agility, cooperation, and creativity.
My point here is that we get to choose our future, contribute to our teams, society and companies' success. I am quite lucky to be in the front line when it comes to seeing the consequences of different choices, which helps me to learn from the mistakes of others and prioritize my focus toward what matters. Thank you all for making me a better person.
Of course, we can have our moments when we weren’t the best professional or even the best person, which is ok. But what counts most is our ability to bounce back, do our best and live to our dreams because we can.