The chaos of the current pandemic is a tragic thing, but it can also be a source of opportunity.
Many businesses will not survive the pandemic, lockdowns, or second-order effects of lockdowns on consumer demand or supply chains. The businesses that do survive will be businesses (by and large) worth working for – they’ll be delivering goods people want and need.
And while the jobs for those businesses will be in greater demand, they may also be easier to get in one dimension: remote access.
Until now, it’s been pretty common for most “knowledge worker” jobs in most companies to require relocation to the company’s headquarters. For the length of this pandemic at least, it’s pretty hard to imagine most companies insisting on that. They’ll want good talent – the best they can get. What’s more, they’ll have the infrastructure to interview, onboard, and manage talent via remote communication tools like Zoom and Slack.
While some companies may decide to revert to prioritizing in-person collaboration and physical office spaces, most companies will keep some kind of capability for remote work. Many employees will demand an ongoing remote work option. So the chances are good that talented candidates can negotiate full-remote as a working option even after this pandemic ends.
The point? If you know how to pitch yourself well (use a tool like Crash!) you can apply to jobs just about anywhere. You don’t have to accept the limitations of geography. As the job market becomes more competitive, you can at least count this widening of opportunity in your favor.