One of the editors at LinkedIn News reached out to ask me my thoughts on ‘The Great Resignation’.
Over the past year, businesses and entrepreneurs have had to either step down or double down. While many companies have struggled to stay afloat due to service disruptions and financial strain, industries have been further impacted by The Great Resignation – the gap that is created when multiple qualified individuals decide to pursue a career change. #TheBigShift has caused staffing difficulties for many of these companies as COVID-related restrictions lift and services open up. The result is a landscape ripe with opportunities for people looking to try something new.
If you are one of those people looking to begin a new venture, here are three key concepts to help guide you along your new path.
Look back to move forward
Reflect on and write down everything that you did over the past year that resulted in personal growth, even if it was not directly related to your current field of employment. This may include formalized and informal education, new business contacts, goals that you achieved, and all opportunities that you explored. This information will be invaluable in helping you to identify patterns of interest or potential career paths. You’ll also have a structured list of recent accomplishments that prospective employers will want to know about.
Skill stacking isn’t about mastery of any one trait. We are all constantly acquiring knowledge and new abilities, but how you combine them is what will allow you to stand out. Identify which skills you are able to connect that will result in greater competency and value. Understanding your unique talents will allow you to explain to any future employer why you are the one they need to hire.
Everyone wants to be successful, which is why your primary driver should be about helping those that hire you also be successful. Determine what it is that you can do to help your team or organization achieve its targets. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee, we all have someone that we are accountable to and our actions are reflected in their success. By acting as a key driver, you are essentially making yourself very hard to replace.
What are your thoughts or experiences with #TheBigShift? Have you considered what you need to do to make your next move?