It’s old news that the COVID-19 pandemic hit the job market hard. But did you know that it also has inspired many job seekers to change careers altogether?
About 61% of U.S. job seekers surveyed — which includes people who are looking for new roles and people who are unemployed — have looked for a job in a new industry because of the pandemic, according to a survey commissioned by Amazon.
Amazon, as you might have heard, has been hiring. But so have plenty of other employers, helping to send the unemployment rate to slightly above 8% as the U.S. economy continues to climb its way out of the pandemic downturn.
One smart way to test the waters in a new field? Work with a temporary agency that can help you chart a new career path.
Staffing agencies can be especially useful if you aren’t quite sure what you want to do next. You can take short-term jobs in new roles or industries to see what you like and dislike. And even if you decide a job isn’t for you, you’re still gaining experience and building your skill set, which you can add to your resume.
The staffing professionals who work for a reputable employment agency will be able to:
- Share tips and advice on how to change careers.
- Provide you with industry-specific information, including details on market trends and in-demand skills.
- Help you identify job opportunities that may pique your interest.
- Provide job interview tips and resume help.
- Present your qualifications to potential employers.
A staffing firm can also help you find a full-time job in your new chosen field when you’re ready to make that leap.
According to the American Staffing Association, more than 90 percent of companies in the U.S. use staffing firms. Staffing firms, in other words, play a critical role in connecting would-be employees with companies in search of talent.