As if finding a new job wasn’t challenging enough, COVID-19 has completely changed the landscape of the hiring scene. While it hasn’t necessarily changed for the worse, there are definitely new factors that must be taken into consideration when you start looking toward the next step in your career.
The interview process is a well-known formality that is useful to both candidates and hiring authorities. However, gone are the days of traveling to meet with a prospective employer, shaking his hand, and getting a chance to observe how the company operates firsthand. The new interview process is generally comprised of phone conversations and/or video meetings.
While this may provide a safer, not to mention less stressful, introduction, it can limit your ability to gain insight into the organization. That being said, with many companies having only a portion of their employees in the office, company culture will have shifted and may shift again.
This brings forward questions about how the role will change once the pandemic has ended. With the future uncertain, it is important to do lots of research before accepting a position at a new company. It is also important to make sure that the long-term logistical arrangements have been settled before signing an offer letter.
Another pitfall to avoid is joining a company that will not survive the current shift in society. Many businesses have transitioned and learned to adapt. These are the ones that will go on to success, while others will falter. It is vital to make sure that any organization you join is stable enough to guarantee your future.
If you are looking to advance your career in the next few months and are unsure where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. CFC is happy to talk to you about what is happening in the industry and help you to navigate the job market in this ever-changing world.