Looking Toward a Post-COVID-19 Job Market

by Brian Skory

Looking Toward a Post-COVID-19 Job Market

COVID-19 has certainly turned the job-hiring market upside down. From our perspective, we’ve seen the following scenarios play out:

  1. Some of our clients have put hiring entirely on hold until they have a better prediction of what their post-COVID future looks like.
  2. Other clients have continued doing initial phone interviews but are holding off on making hiring decisions until sometime down the line.
  3. Yet others have chosen not to suspend hiring and are actually making hiring decisions from video interviews. They are onboarding new-hires remotely. 

Although there are clear signs that our workforce will be returning back to the office in the not-too-distant future, what hiring will be looking like in the next few months is still a big unknown. Some companies will continue to clamp down on hiring as they assess the financial damage incurred over these last few months. Other companies may find that they will need to continue laying people off. And still others may hit the ground running with a hiring frenzy trying to make up for lost time. 

So where does this leave you as the employee? Personally, I think that in this next period of uncertainty (whether that turns out to be a few months or a few years) everyone should be thinking of themselves as a potential job seeker. And with another month of work-from-home for many, if not most of us, now is the perfect time to begin preparing for that. First and foremost should be a resume update. Here’s a great article from our website that highlights some of the things you should be thinking about when giving your resume a tune-up.

And as long as you’re at home, now might be the perfect time to bring some of those skills of yours up to date. Another article from our website presents some ideas in that department.

And lastly, some of you, by choice or not, will find yourselves in the position of looking at a full-blown career change. To help guide you through that, we wrote a 3-part series on how to best navigate that adventure.

All of us at Stout are hoping that you are keeping yourself safe and sane during these unprecedented times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any of your job-search questions.

Stout Systems is the software consulting and staffing company Fueled by the Most Powerful Technology Available: Human Intelligence®. Stout was founded in 1993 and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stout has clients across the U.S. in domains including engineering, scientific, manufacturing, education, marketing, entertainment, small business and, yes, robotics. Stout provides expert level software, Web and embedded systems development consulting and staffing services along with direct-hire technical recruiting and placements. If you're looking for a job in the tech industry, visit our job board to see if you qualify for some of our positions. Best of luck to you! If you're looking to hire technical talent for your company, please contact us. This is a career advice article catered to developers, technical project managers, and other technical staff looking to improve their skills. Sign up to receive our career and technical articles in your email inbox.

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