One of the most unexpected consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is that an unprecedented number of people are looking to change careers. Here’s how you can prepare your organization to deal with this growing trend.
How to Deal With the Wave of Post-Pandemic Career Changes
A recent survey shows that a significant number of people have changed careers during the pandemic (20%) or are planning to look for a new job after things go back to normal (26%).
This means that chances are good that at some point in the near future you’ll have to decide if it’s a good idea to hire someone who’s changing careers. Here’s what you need to consider:
- Keep an open mind. Conventional wisdom dictates that hiring managers should be wary of candidates changing careers. However, a prospective employee that comes from a different industry can bring a fresh perspective to your organization. If you feel that you need to re-energize things around the office, this may be a smart way to do it.
- Look at the positive side. Instead of thinking of career-switching as a sign of inconsistency, appreciate the courage, drive, and curiosity one needs to take such a step. This set of traits is nothing to sneeze at—they are valuable strengths in short supply in any industry.
- Consider the drawbacks. Of course, not everyone changes careers for the right reasons. Some people do it because they put money over their true interests. Others do it because they feel unhappy everywhere, so they keep hopping from job to job and from industry to industry. An in-depth interview can help you figure the candidate out and make the best decision for your organization.
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