By Erica Sweeney | The Muse
The pandemic changed so much about how we work that it probably inspired you to rethink your work-life priorities. Maybe you realized that you’re burnt out, that working from home is your ideal setup, or that you just dislike your job. So as you’re figuring out what your new normal will look like in the wake of the pandemic, you might want a fresh start with a new job.
So many people are job hunting these days that HR experts are referring to the anticipated post-pandemic job shuffle as the “talent tsunami.” More than a quarter of workers were planning to look for a new job post-pandemic, according to a March 2021 survey by Prudential. Other research suggests that more than half of the workforce is considering changing jobs in 2021. And it appears to be playing out in practice—the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 3.6 million workers quit their jobs in May 2021.
If your company seemed to put profits before people during the pandemic or the crisis made you question its mission and values, you might be ready to leave that toxic environment and find more meaningful work. You might also be looking for a flexible work schedule, higher pay, remote work opportunities, or more growth opportunities.
More jobs are available now than before the pandemic, according to BLS, but that doesn’t mean getting hired is easy. Companies are still selective, and it may take time to find—and land—a job that better aligns with your wants and needs. Here are some tips for how to stand out in your job search amidst the great reshuffle.
(If you’re searching for job openings to apply for, you can find them right here on The Muse—and you can filter your search to remote roles or to companies that offer flexible hours, promotions from within, mentor programs, or other benefits and perks you value.)