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Career Evolution in the Time of Pandemic May 6, 2020

One of the gifts of the pandemic has been the opportunity to gain clarity about what you do, and do not, want to do with your career.

Thinking back to that infamous September 11th day, I worked at a hotel less than a mile from the Pentagon. That day started me on my journey to finding work that aligned with both my personal and professional goals. As the city shut down, I had time to assess what I wanted out of my life including my career.

My career journey hasn’t been clear cut. Yet, I deeply resonate with the people who are reaching out to talk about changing their careers during this time of the pandemic. Whether you’ve been downsized, RIFed or re-thinking the time and energy you’re giving to a company that doesn’t seem to understand your needs, this unprecedented time on your hands is as good as any to review what makes you happy at work.

Working with an executive placement firm comes in many forms. Some firms work to place you directly and charge you for that service. Other firms provide coaching in which you’ll do the heavy lifting on applying and updating your resume then pay them directly for the coaching service. Other firms have specialties such as IT, service-professionals or banking, for instance.

TYGES works with hiring authorities in the manufacturing and supply chain space. This means our team builds relationships with companies in that space that are legitimately searching for and hiring professionals across all levels for their companies. We get paid by the company when we make a placement. Our integrity keeps us at the forefront of this process, searching for the ideal match for both parties. When you’re happy with your new role, you’ll continue to refer us to your friends. When a hiring authority is happy with a placement, they continue to use our services and refer us to others.

With a large team across the U.S., we pride ourselves on our relationships with potential candidates and Hiring Authorities. Our recruiters focus on understanding the career goals you’ve set for yourself with the underlying belief that everyone deserves to be happy at work.

As you’re assessing what you want your career to look like in the coming years, having an objective person look over your resume, brainstorm your career options, and if applicable represent you to a hiring authority can be useful.

When faced with the question of “what do I want to be when I grow up?” most of us feel like it’s a one-time answer and we better get it “right.” And in times like these, many begin to question if they are really doing the work they wanted to do for the types of companies that they admire. The process has us objectively exploring our skills, temperament, and experiences that come together in a unique way to serve a company.

As you grow in your career, take the time to step back and assess how far you’ve come, and determine where you want to go. While I don’t wish a pandemic or other disaster on anyone, I do hope you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate your career goals with a patient and professional guide.

Choose career steps from your own personal sweet-spot and reach out to a professional recruiter if you need some guidance. We are truly here to serve.

Written by: PEGGIE ARVIDSON, Executive Recruiter

Peggie Arvidson started recruiting in junior high school when she convinced her classmates to join her in creating a ski club. Since then, she’s held many positions from sales to recruiting to non-profit leadership and quality assurance.  Her focus in her life and career is helping people to find their right work for the right pay because she believes that when people are happy at work, they are secure in life, and happy people change the world for the better.

Peggie has moved more than 30 times across 5 states and three time zones, and is not a military brat. She can usually be found walking around Williamsburg, tasting new foods, and searching out hidden beauty whenever she’s not at work.


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