Hi, I just got retrenched from my full-time job as a marketing executive. Should I continue to look for marketing related jobs, or should I focus my efforts on positions related to COVID-19 instead? - Seedly
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Asked on 10 Apr 2020

Hi, I just got retrenched from my full-time job as a marketing executive. Should I continue to look for marketing related jobs, or should I focus my efforts on positions related to COVID-19 instead?

I still have a passion for marketing roles but I'm just worried about the stability of the job now. But if I work as a temperature screener or temporary jobs created from COVID-19, it doesn't add much value to my resume. Please help me 🙁

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Hi Anon, I'd suggest transitioning to digital marketing and picking up copywriting and traffic buying skills for the mean time.

Since footfall is dead, many traditional physical businesses have been trying to hire remote digital marketers to run online direct sale campaigns. Retail and F&B are desperately looking for talent.

If income is an issue and you don't have savings to tide you through, pls take any job. But if you have the time, upgrade and look for niches that require your expertise.

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Personally, I would think it depends highly on your (i) career goals and (ii) financial health. If you managed to land a stint at a company you like or a position that seem aligned with your long-term career goals, I would say “GO FOR IT!!!” even if the starting pay is less than ideal.

The experience you gain and the people you meet might be able to help you next time, even if you choose not to stay in the same company after the contract is up. Furthermore, taking a job now doesn’t mean you stop looking out for other opportunities in your free time. You need to keep brushing up your CV and interviewing skills as you update your LinkedIn profile with new work experience earned during this period [If you need help with these, check this out :)] Having some income reduces the stress and anxiety for job-hunting and puts you in a better position to learn and strive in the current position as well as your future ones.​​​

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