2020 was a year of the unexpected. With a global pandemic, the impact on employment was significant. There were massive layoffs, furloughs, changes in work formats, and so much more. In fact, the importance of the physical office has become a question mark for the future as companies make decisions around what work will look like.
One unexpected shift has been that for the first time in a long time, employees have gained the upper hand over their employers. According to a recent article in the New York Times, there are a number of reasons for this change over which include the 'reservation wage', in that people are demanding higher wages in order to accept a job. Whereas minimum wage was more of a given in the past, an increasing number of workers are setting their own requirements for income and with a record number of open positions and a declining population growth, more employers are recognizing the need to meet potential employees half-way by adjusting wages and position requirements. This has resulted in more flexible schedules, more remote work opportunities, higher wages, and better benefits, to name a few. This newfound power among workers has also led to an increase in employees that are leaving their jobs if their employer is not willing to negotiate more appealing packages.
What might this mean for cancer patients and survivors? It means that asking for that flexible schedule so you can fit in your treatment appointments may not be as big of a conversation as it once was. It means that the ability to work from home may be offered before you need to ask. It could mean that the benefits offered may better meet the needs of cancer patients and survivors during or after treatment. And, it could mean that when the side effects from treatment restrict your ability to return to your previous job, you can find something that is more on par with your needs and limitations.
While this is certainly good, and likely welcomed, news, it's still important to put in the work necessary for a successful job search. Use our Resume Review Service to get your resume in good shape to apply for jobs that fit the criteria you deem necessary. Understanding the importance of and best practices for networking can also assist in getting your foot in the door. Once you've made it to the interview stage, you want to make sure you're prepared to wow, so identifying some tips and tools for interviewing can make all the difference in your ability to negotiate what you want, while also presenting yourself as the best candidate.
If you're interested in exploring alternative professions, be sure to check out our upcoming webinar on career change on August 4th. Our webinar in November will focus on communicating effectively, so you can be even more prepared to have these conversations with potential employers. As always, Cancer and Careers staff is happy to answer any questions or provide guidance around the job search. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.