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COVID-19 has impacted our lives and our jobs in many ways. You might even be reevaluating your career journey. Your journey might not go as planned, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your goals. There are endless paths you can take to reach your target. Remember, when you hit a roadblock — the GPS always signals a new route.

Take Advantage of Upskilling

Upskilling refers to the process of learning new skills. There’s no time like the present to learn new skills. It’s vital for both employers and employees. Take an online course or join a webinar. Who knows what kind of career opportunities you’ll find with a new skill? A new skill could potentially carry you across job industries.

Determine Who’s Hiring Through Social Media

Screen time is at an all-time high for everyone. Take advantage of the situation! Reach out to employers on LinkedIn and Handshake. Network your way through these social media websites. Not sure which companies are hiring right now? Check out Candor. The website has a live hiring list that breaks down which companies are looking for new employees.

Learn for Free

There are several resources you can use to learn new skills for free. For example, UCLA Extension has free seminars that are open to everyone. Interested in careers in tech like product management, sales, and operations? School16 is offering free sessions taught by company leaders from growing startups to large tech firms. The program is designed to help you discover what skills you need to develop to land a job in this field.

Be Prepared To Pivot

Many of us are being forced to adapt to a new reality, or in other words, we’re being forced to do a ‘pandemic pivot.’ Think about ways you can make your job search more efficient. How can you use the pandemic to your advantage? Maybe it’s taking the time to touch up your resume, or maybe it’s updating your LinkedIn profile. Just remember, your pivot can ultimately have an impact on the path you take.

There are endless opportunities when it comes to your career. If the first path you take doesn’t work out, there’s always another one around the corner.