Career readiness is key to staying employed

A good job brings stability and a desired lifestyle. Couple that with a career you enjoy, and it’s easy to fall into a comfortable routine.

But even in the best of times, you never know what lies ahead. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can thrust you into the job market when you least expect it. The lingering economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the quickening pace of technological change mean that everyone, no matter how secure they feel, should have an eye toward their next job hunt. And employment disruption is one of the most stressful situations you can face in life.

“Looking for work is exhausting and can be as intense as a full-time job in and of itself,” said Laurie Ruettimann, a human resources professional in Raleigh, North Carolina, and author of the new book Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career.

One way to mitigate the anxiety that comes with a sudden job search is to be ready for it. And that means preparing for your next job hunt now.

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