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Why should I do it?

Is it really necessary?

Covid-19 has changed everything. It has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and hospitalized many more. To halt its spread, governments enacted strict lockdowns that shuttered many parts of the economy.

This is an anxious time for workers in all industries and sectors. Our resilience as people is being put to the test. Our ability to adapt to and overcome adversity and disruption is being stretched. Many are rising to the task. But there is another type of resiliency that is also being tested.

Our career resiliency is our ability to adjust to new developments in our chosen profession as well as to adapt to new market conditions. And both of these are happening right now. Career resiliency will help you bolster your standing among colleagues and give you the confidence to progress in your field. In these trying times, it can also help safeguard your position.

So, if it’s that important, how do you go about building career resiliency?

Strategy 1: Grow Your Network

With social and professional events mostly paused right now, you would think it’s a difficult time to expand your network. The first step is to strengthen your current network. That means contacting people you already know and building on your relationships. Clients and peers can be called upon about their experience and about what you can do for them. This type of field research can enhance your reputation, keep you updated on developments and give you ideas on how you can become a better professional partner.

But there are also chances to expand your existing network. Working from home means you have more time to commit to things other than travel. Updating your LinkedIn profile is one way to build a network. Reach out to two people a day in an industry or area that you want to know more about and might be considering for employment. Visibility on LinkedIn can bring many opportunities. Commenting, posting links to articles, or even writing your own articles all help. 

Strategy 2: Setbacks and Crises are Opportunities

This strategy is about shifting your mindset. Difficulties and obstacles at work are stressful events because we try to get them out of the way as quickly as possible. Covid-19 is one crisis though that we can’t get rid of, not matter how much we try. Yet we can use it, like with the above example of networking, as an opportunity.

This mindset can be carried over into other situations. When we look at things with a mind to learning from them, we develop new skills and build on others, leading to greater career resilience.

Strategy 3: Accept Change

A major point of career resilience is adapting to changing circumstances. You can’t bury your head in the sand and ignore these changes. Comfortable old systems are replaced by new, more efficient ones. It’s no use wanting for the old way. You’ll have to adapt.

New technologies and ways of working are being introduced. We have all had to adapt to working from home and to using video conferencing. Embrace these changes. This mindset is not just beneficial now but will help you build career resilience for the future too.

There’s more that can be done to build career resilience. In my next article, I’ll cover four more strategies that will help you, so keep your eye out for that. 


  • Mark Danaher

    Career, Life and Leadership Coach, Virtual Speaker and Trainer

    Careers by Design LLC

    Mark Danaher is a career/life/leadership coach and certified career counselor who helps leaders elevate their careers and life to one they will love.  He helps his clients make the best of tough situations so they can be their best professionally and personally.   Mark uses coaching along with his extensive career development knowledge and expertise to offer his clients a uniquely holistic approach to making career and life pivots.  He helps his clients manage burnout, stress, and anxiety, integrate balance into their lives so they can make a meaningful change in their lives. He uses a holistic narrative career approach to help people tell their stories and learn from their careers and life.  Mark completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in Economics and History and went on to earn his Masters at the University of Connecticut in Counseling Psychology.   Mark was the President of the National Career Development Association in 2014-2015 and continues to volunteer for the organization.   He is certified as a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Career Counselor, Holistic Narrative Career Professional, Retirement Options Coach, 2 Young to Retire Coach, Job, and Career Development Coach, Job and Career Transition Coach, and a Certified Career Service Provider.  Mark is a Master Trainer for the Facilitating Career Development Certificate and School Career Development Advisor certificate is actively coaching training, and teaching throughout the year.  He is now a Master Practioner of the Energy Leadership Index which is a great assessment to understand how you use your energy in your everyday life and under stress.  It gives you a great insight into how you can improve your everyday interactions and connections with colleagues, employees, family, and beyond.