For most workers, being laid off or furloughed is a scary thought, and unfortunately this scary thought became a reality for many professionals who had their jobs impacted by COVID-19.

However, for some, losing their job is the push they need to make a career change.

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It's easy to become distracted at work as the end of the year approaches.

With the holidays drawing near, many people start thinking about their upcoming time off and making plans with family and friends. But, it's important to not let this joyous time of year get you off track at work and put you into a holiday slump.

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COVID-19 has had an impact on every aspect of the workplace in 2020, and the office holiday party is no different.

This year, companies are being forced to think outside the box in order to give employees a memorable holiday experience.

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Sometimes a job search can wear on a person's motivation to keep moving forward, especially if the search has lasted for weeks or months. While qualifications, resumes, and cover letters make a huge difference in whether you'll be hired, your attitude also matters.

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For the last several years, employers have been getting creative with their benefits packages as a way to attract and maintain top talent.

That trend is taking on new meaning in 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic has really shifted employee priorities.

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Those interested in career trends probably already know about the importance of making new connections on LinkedIn and optimizing their profiles.

However, one thing that many professionals still struggle with is offering value to their professional network.

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It has always been important to upskill or reskill, but the economic and job uncertainty of 2020 has further hammered that point home.

Whether you're looking for a new job in 2021, making a career change, or planning to grow in your current job, all professionals should make a plan for upskilling/reskilling.

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Choosing the wrong career path is a setback, but it's not an impossible setback to come back from.

The key is to realize that you've made a wrong decision, identify why it happened, and then put together a plan for moving forward.

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