For Jobs Seekers Due to COVID-19
For some of us, the pandemic has brought a grim new reality. Unemployment rates have hit new records not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s, and the impending economic crisis, possibly the worst we’ll ever experience, is something no one is looking forward to.
Some of us took a bigger hit than others.
Using a data science team, Zety looked at industries and professions with the highest job losses. They analyzed over 130 thousand real-life resumes created in their builder to unearth what alternative career paths people could transition to in a heartbeat.
Below is a quick rundown of Zety’s key findings:
We all know someone who’s lost their income source due to the pandemic.
Chances are, their job title fell under one of the following categories:
But—all isn’t lost.
Even if you held and lost a position in one of the said professions, you’ve probably accumulated a sweet blend of hard and soft skills that are transferable—skills many companies will bend over backwards to get.
In other words, there are alternative career paths you can transition into with ease.
One of the first things the data science team at Zety noticed was that for each occupational group hit by COVID-19, two professions rose above the noise.
First, the two professions are extremely popular across the US (even amidst the wrecked economy), which means these jobs will remain in demand for the foreseeable future.
Secondly, customer service and administrative jobs have a reasonably low threshold because they mostly require soft skills (e.g., time management, communication, problem-solving.) Hence, regardless of whether you’re a retail specialist, a flight attendant, or anyone else who’s lost a job to COVID-19, there’s a good chance you’ll find new employment in an administrative or customer service role.
But—what if you don’t have “people skills”?
Zety thought of that. Keep scrolling to find robust alternative career paths if you’re struggling with finding employment amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
For retail professionals that lost their source of income due to the crisis, Zety presented a few alternative career paths.
Dental Office Employees
While it’s rather intuitive that dental-office employees can transition to other medical fields, there are also non-medical jobs they can consider, such as:
Having tangible experience working in a fast-paced, technically complex environment makes it possible for dental professionals to apply their skills to one of the above-mentioned fields.
Film and TV production
As someone who works in video production, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with event management, digital marketing, cinematography, stage management, etc.
If you’ve been let go as a video production worker, you can use your transferable technical skills to transition into such careers as:
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Actors and Performance Artists
One of the core strengths of a performing artist is confidence. As a result, you can easily find new employment in fields like:
If you’ve been terminated from a food preparation job, you might find it hard to find new employment because your skills are so industry-specific. It’s tough to translate them into another field.
That said, you can still make income in general-labor jobs that haven’t declined:
Hospitality Workers and Front-Desk Staff
If you held a hospitality or front desk position in the past, you have a wide range of new career opportunities to choose from.
The most popular options include:
Other career paths worth considering even if temporarily:
If you’ve lost your job as a flight attendant, you can still find employment in other positions related to travel and entertainment:
Real Estate and Property Management
If you have difficulty finding a new job as a former real estate agent or a property manager, you can successfully apply for mid-level managerial roles such as:
The skills you’ve acquired in juggling multiple projects, negotiating with tenants, licensing, and supervising maintenance will come in handy in project or operations management.
There you have it.
A handful of viable career opportunities for professionals that have lost their job in the wake of COVID-19.
Now—have you been affected by the crisis that’s been ripping the whole world apart? Did you manage to transition into a new field?
Kuba is the founder of Zety—a career advice site visited by over 40 million readers a year. Zety delivers solutions for job seekers: a professional resume builder and data-driven career advice curated by certified experts.