By Mary Harris, CFP®

There was record job growth in June, but National Women’s Law Center data shows that many women were left out of this economic rebound. According McKinsey & Company, women’s jobs have been 1.8 times more vulnerable to this crisis than men’s jobs.

This information can be disheartening for women wanting to relaunch their careers right now, either to start a completely new career path or to reenter the job market after taking time off to raise a family.

But it’s still possible. And you’re not alone in wanting to change careers — a study from O.C. Tanner found that 48 percent of employees are considering an industry career change after COVID-19 settles down.

Here are 10 actionable steps you can take to successfully relaunch your career during COVID-19.

Tips and Strategies on Relaunching Your Career

  1. Know what you bring to the table. What are your values, passions, strengths, and skills? Have a clear understanding of what you do best and how you can add value to the company’s team. Sometimes it can be hard figuring out what our strengths are, so get an outside perspective, too. Ask colleagues or friends for their opinion.
  2. Find ways to rebrand your skills to make them relevant to the current job market. For instance, did your former job involve a lot of travel or event planning? You might not be able to do your previous job now, but there are a lot of transferable skills within those roles, such as being an effective communicator, collaborator, leader, and listener.
  3. Monitor trends in industries you hope to work in. As career consultant Andrea Clement says, “Markets, companies, and industries are changing so rapidly right now that one’s career objectives may need to adjust with the times also.”
  4. Start slow. Test out this new career path by taking a class, finding online resources, doing a part-time job, volunteering, getting an internship, or doing informational interviews.
  5. Be prepared to face more rejection than usual — but don’t give up. Try to view these challenges as opportunities for growth. With each “no,” you get closer to reaching your dream job.
  6. Create a network of family, friends, and professionals. Create your own personal “board.” Add people you know will share their true opinions and not just cheerlead for your ideas. These connections can be invaluable in your search for the perfect job.
  7. Prepare your elevator pitch. Prepare a two-minute video showcasing your skills and showing your passion.
  8. Target several specific companies you would like to work for. Learn about the company’s focus and strengths and personalize your cover letter. Let the HR team know that they are the main focus of your search and you understand the company’s goals. Most importantly, you will stand out in a crowd of competitors, in that you clearly did your research.
  9. Be flexible. Are you willing to do part-time work instead of full-time? Work remotely? Work on Saturdays? Let the hiring team know if you have flexibility.
  10. Send us your resume. At Harris Financial Advisors, our virtual Rolodex is filled with business owners and contacts — it wouldn’t be the first time that one special connection is looking to hire someone just like you.

Reach out to Harris Financial Advisors Today

We know how challenging it can be navigating a career change in normal circumstances — it can feel overwhelming going through this process now. Our team is experienced with working with clients going through career transitions. If you’re interested in learning more about how to navigate these challenges, call Harris Financial Advisors and download our “Women in Transition” whitepaper.