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The Do’s and Don’ts of Navigating Your Career During Uncertain Times

Published on 26th May 2020

The levels of uncertainty brought by the global crisis we’re facing are unparalleled. Nowadays, the priorities and strategies adopted by businesses, organisations and professionals alike have shifted from getting ahead of the competition to surviving the challenges from the COVID-19 crisis.

If you don't know what’s coming your way, how can you prepare yourself for it? Whether you’re in your current position or looking out for your next opportunity, you can start to gain your footing with these career “do’s and don’ts” during uncertain times. 

 

DO’s

Be informed. In a market where there is a lot of uncertainty, it is imperative to be “in-the-know” of any updates in the micro and macro environments within your industry. Norms and trends are evolving each day, so make an effort to understand how they affect your industry, company and profession. 

Be self-reflective. This is a good time to look into what is critical for you in terms of what will continue to give you professional satisfaction, as well as sparking balance with your personal life. Take some time to truly identify what your needs, wants and deal-breakers are.

Adapt to industry changes and business strategies. You will not only need to be informed of industry happenings, but you will also need to adjust your mindset and be mentally prepared for any changes. Change is the only constant. 

Stay positive. This, like any other challenging times, shall also pass. At some point, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel, but in the meantime, focus on what you can control each day. For tips on how to stay positive during tough times, check out our COVID-19 Resource Hub.

 

DON’Ts 

Solely focus on challenges. There will be times you feel stressed, but don’t let yourself get sucked into a cycle of frustration. When one side of the market struggles, another side flourishes. Look for unlikely opportunities that are unexplored at the moment and build upon that.

Make unfounded assumptions. What you knew before may not be the same as it is now. Decisions can change drastically, and company expectations will also evolve. Expect the unexpected but keep your focus on your end goal.

Be complacent. Stay proactive and continue to build your network, especially in a market where opportunities are limited. Make sure decision-makers remember you when hiring does resume.


You may feel like times are tough, but bear in mind, you are not in this alone. In a hyper-connected world, help is a stone's throw away. If you are in need of career advice, feel free to reach out to any of our consultants across our offices in the following countries: