If you have been considering a career move, you’re not alone. According to a recent article in Fast Company, “the majority (52%) of U.S. workers are considering a job change this year, and as many as 44% have actual plans in place to make the leap.” That’s a lot of moving and shaking! So why all the interest in workplace change? We’ve got three reasons why we believe folks are taking the plunge and why perhaps you should too.
Remote opportunities abound
In 2020 we learned in many instances that the traditional office space is no longer a hard and fast necessity for successful collaboration and productivity. Quite the opposite, according to Forbes, “for many organizations, 2020 was the first time they allowed remote work. But it’s become clear to them that leveraging telework technology and software opens up so many windows of opportunity that they previously hadn’t even thought they could consider.” This is excellent news for job seekers, where once a commute limited them, now they have the freedom to consider positions in other cities and states. So, feel free to cast your net a little (or a lot) further. More remote work means more opportunities for you to find a position you love.
Renewed emphasis on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Post-pandemic, employers have realized that many things that were once considered an SOP might need, at the very least, updating, if not overhauling altogether. At the top of that list is company culture and DEI. For many, they have excitedly dug into creating an inclusive, diverse, and future-focused culture. As Vantage Circle explains, “companies are now hiring diversity professionals who are committed to the vision and mission of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. These job roles are a mix of HR, recruitment, and leadership roles and responsibilities.” Most people want to work for companies they know value all people equally and provide safe places for everyone to bring their authentic selves to work each day. With a committed diversity professional on board and passionate leadership, more and more businesses can offer all job seekers an open and inclusive experience.
Broadening your skillset
If you’re feeling stuck-in-a-rut and need to learn a new skill, or are simply ready for your next challenge, now’s the time to dive in. According to CNBC, “Of the 26% of workers planning to leave their employers after the pandemic, 80% are doing so because they’re concerned about their career advancement; meanwhile, 72% say the pandemic caused them to rethink their skill sets. More than half of potential job-hoppers have sought out new training and skills during the pandemic, possibly to prepare to change jobs in the next few months.” With many wanting to learn something new, businesses are also looking to build their training and onboarding process. This is good news for the jobseeker who, two years ago, may have felt deadlocked in a career that they thought was no longer a fit. Take advantage of these on-the-job training opportunities, and watch your personal fulfillment and resume grow!
As we live in a post-pandemic world, this story will continue to evolve. Opportunities for job seekers and employers to make measurable changes for the better will play a significant role in that evolution for years to come. If you’re considering a career move, but are unsure where to start, check us out — Goodwin Recruiting would love to be a part of your next chapter!