The Ins and Outs of Career Cushioning

  • On March 9, 2023

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When the economy becomes unbalanced, many employees and job seekers worry about job security and availability. When the fear of layoffs and hiring slowdowns occur, it’s beneficial to be prepared in case your employment situation suddenly changes. 

Career cushioning takes practical steps when someone is not actively seeking work that can help quickly launch a job search, and also helps your career in the future regardless of what’s happening in the job market. Career cushioning helps you define your professional goals, polish your skills and expand your networks so you’re better prepared for what comes next.

Career Goals
Whether you love your job or looking for new opportunities, thinking about your career goals is a great time to reevaluate backup options. Where do you see your professional career in the next year or two? Do you feel like you are applying yourself in the best way possible? Are there responsibilities and experiences that you wish to partake in or oversee?

Browse job boards to find roles that match your needs and keep a record of the listings that interest you. Staff Solve constantly updates its job board with new positions, ranging from logistics to accounting and various light industrial roles. Our team can also help assist you in finding and matching listings based on your skill set. 

Skill Assessment
List out the current skills you utilize and the ones you could improve. As you search for new job opportunities, note the qualifications and skills that are most in demand, and compare them with the ones you possess, leaving you with skills to work on. Your current work should be your first method to develop new skills. Talk with your manager if your current role doesn’t involve some of the skills you wish to enhance. This can help to increase how valuable you are to the business, which can potentially increase your job security.

If your company doesn’t have the ability to train you or your manager cannot provide a method to enhance the skills you wish to learn, consider taking an online course with a badge or certification you can add to your resume or LinkedIn profile. Volunteering is another great method to enhance new and maintain skills.

Strategic Job Search Keywords 
When reviewing job postings, keep track of specific keywords and the most in-demand skills and certifications to include on your resume and social media profiles. Cite specific examples of skill demonstrations and how they made a positive impact. And when you review your social profile and resume, try to include those keywords when citing your examples.

Building and maintaining a professional network is one of the most valuable career assets, so investing the time to nurture it online and off is valuable. On LinkedIn or other professional networking sites, regularly post links to articles that may interest your industry contacts. Engage with your connections’ posts by sharing, commenting or liking their posts as well. Networking platforms also offer users the ability to create blog posts and video content where you could discuss recent projects (professional and personal) showcasing your expertise.

Career cushioning proactively identifies your strengths and any weaknesses, giving you a clearer sense of how to thrive in your chosen field today and position yourself for success over the long term.

Staff Solve continues to provide high-quality candidates and jobs in diverse markets for over 27 years. Let us take the stress off you so you can focus on your business by finding the perfect applicant for the position. If you are looking for employment, please visit our job seeker page and check out our job board for current positions. If you would like more information about the services we offer employers, visit our employer page or contact us today.

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