The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world of work upside down – but the good news is there are steps you can take to prove your worth, help you keep the job you have, and thrive even during difficult periods.
Of course, there are no guarantees but by taking these steps you’ll also be making yourself a more appealing candidate in case you do need to search for something new.
1. Resilience, Flexibility, Adaptability and Thoughtfulness
These are four soft skills that are highly valued by most companies in today’s day and age. Of all of these, naturally, resilience is the most critical trait at this time. Doing whatever it takes to stay afloat and handle the unknown is essential.
Beyond maintaining that momentum, you’ll also need to evolve. Specifically, you should be paying attention to what’s happening at your company and looking at industry trends more broadly. Make it your job to meet the needs of the shifting circumstances.
Take on the tasks and projects that need to be tackled in this new reality to help your employer succeed right now. Whether that’s running virtual meetings or taking on a different role or additional responsibilities within a smaller company – go with the flow.
And if you can do all that while also being kind and thoughtful to your manager, teammates, and coworkers across the company, you’ll become known as someone who can take on anything as well as an excellent colleague no one would want to part with.
2. Be an Ideas Person
It’s not just about being flexible and adaptable when it comes to your own role; you also want to use your creativity to benefit the entire business. Bring new ideas to the table to help your company make it through the unforeseen obstacles of the present moment and those still ahead. It’s time to rewrite all the playbooks of how things should be done. Remember, there are no bad ideas. And even if your ideas don’t directly help, your creativity and resourcefulness will still make you a valuable employee.
3. Never Stop Learning
Even before the global pandemic, there’s always been continual learning is something that is essential for a career in tech. In order to succeed in your current role, keep an eye on the bigger picture in case you need to make a move later.
Pay close attention to the fields best positioned to grow during this pandemic – what tech skills are becoming more and more prominent? Reflect on skills you haven’t yet developed but may need and then focus on acquiring them, even for just one hour a week.
Taking this time to be both introspective and proactive can help your company in the here and now, as well as help you in the long run, since you’ll gain a reputation as a self-starter who takes the initiative to step up when needed.
4. Be a ‘Do-er’
What companies need while they pivot to adopt new business models and revenue streams and while unemployment skyrockets are employees who can get things done, fast. People who can roll up their sleeves and do the task at hand, no matter how small.
Those who are more likely to succeed now are the hardest workers with the greatest tenacity. Now more than ever, those who have grit, determination, and dedication will stand out from their peers.
5. Networking is Still Key
Whether you’re looking for new opportunities or not, networking is a skill that’s valuable to develop, especially in times of uncertainty.
While so many people are staying at home in isolation, many will likely appreciate you reaching out. Look out for webinars to attend and keep learning, set up virtual coffee dates with clients, coworkers, or reach out to furloughed colleagues to check in.
Now may be the time you can help others and become known as a generous team player. Or, if you need career advice don’t be afraid to ask. People love to help, and you might even make someone’s day by giving them a chance to make a positive impact.
With daily life in a state of flux, it’s natural to crave stability and security. While there are no guarantees, these steps will help you strengthen your position within your current company and bolster your skill set in case you need, or decide, to explore new opportunities.
Are you looking for a career change or for talented tech professionals to join your team? Speak with our specialist consultants today.