Facts being what they are, few of us feel 100% prepared for making the best of what looks to be a certain downturn in the economy. Yet, it’s fair to say those who fall back on a “wait-and-see” approach will likely find themselves on the perimeter of the workforce once the COVID-19 factor fully establishes itself as an ongoing part of American life.

Any temporary loss feels permanent while it’s gone. For now, everyone is missing their favorite places to hangout, have dinner, enjoy sports, shop, and on and on, it goes.

The same, however, can’t be said for job opportunities.

Those, believe it or not, are still prevalent—if you know where to look—and, where to turn for help, should your current search come up empty.

At Temp Experts, we’re seeing an increase in open positions for workers with data entry, admin, web development, accounting, and mortgage processing skills, among others, particularly near our home base in the Tampa Bay area. That gives us sound reason for optimism, even against the backdrop of the many unknowns around the corner.

Pillars of Strength for Professional Progress

The marketplace is indeed shifting and re-shaping itself before our very eyes. New opportunities are materializing. But refreshingly, from our perspective, we see a return to proven, old-school principles as the cornerstones for career advancement in this era of uncertainty.

Here are four you can carve in stone:

  • Quality makes a profound comeback. The time for drawing down the pay scale to lowest possible functional end is over. In recent years, experienced people working for entry level wages had become commonplace. However, as the economy rebounds, there will little wiggle room for taking chances with inexperience. If you’ve done great work, you can count on getting more work, guaranteed.
  • Align yourself with talented people. But first, it might take redefining the way you look at others in positions of authority. Not every individual who pulls in a hefty paycheck is necessarily any better at what they do—they might just be better at turning small amounts of knowledge into large amounts of words—or, sporting corporate hair and standing taller than 6’ 2”. (You probably know the type.) Either way, when you work with or encounter people who really know their stuff, keep them among your closest professional contacts. You never know when you can score points by making a rock-solid referral. Even more importantly, when you do, the chances of them returning the favor on your behalf may turn out to be the career boost you want, right when you need it the most.
  • Treat every project as an audition. Many employers are prone to being cautiously optimistic in good times, but unpredictably jittery at others. The best way to calm the nerves is to make sure the last thing you did is as good or better than anything you’ve done. Although it won’t inoculate you against short-sightedness in a budget crunch, it will protect and enhance your ability to move on in the event of one.
  • Be your best on paper and in person. If having someone you respect put in a good word for you is important, then having an authority “put all the good words in for you” on your resume can be even more career-defining. Our partners at Resume Professors, a nationally certified resume writing service, specialize in creating high-impact, results-driven documents—backed by a 90-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Resume Professors also runs every resume through its own applicant tracking system (ATS), the same kind used by 95% of today’s Fortune 500 companies to determine which resumes—out of potentially thousands—actually get read by a live person.

Predictably, each of the points made above apply in equal measure to what we do at Temp Experts. Over the course of more than 10-years in business, our quality has been unquestioned, as reflected by our exceptionally talented staff members and freelance contributors. Similarly, we give the same care and consideration to every match with unmatched degrees of honesty and integrity.

By and large, we make it look easy even what it’s not.

That’s the whole truth, and nothing but …

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