Dr. Dawn on Careers: what to expect in the post-COVID job market.

August 17, 2020 Sue Marcus

During her recent “Career Talk” podcast, host Dr. Dawn Graham from the Wharton School of Business, spoke to Sue Marcus, regional president at Randstad Sourceright North America. During this session,

Marcus discussed what impact COVID-19 has had on the economy, where the job opportunities are and using transferable skills to make a switch. Marcus shared some of the findings from Randstad Sourceright’s U.S. COVID-19 talent impact analysis report, which looks at talent demand across six job families: customer service, engineering, finance, pharma R&D, sales and software development.

Of these job families, customer service has been the hardest hit. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry continues to show a strong demand for R&D talent, mainly driven by the race to develop vaccines for COVID-19.

For professionals who are looking for a job, or would like to make an industry or functional switch, Marcus suggests taking online courses to upskill or reskill themselves. Some of the in-demand skills and traits organizations are looking for include technical skills, interpersonal skills and being digital-savvy.

Listen to the full podcast to learn how the pandemic has shifted skills demand in the United States. You can also get your exclusive copy of “How is key talent in the US impacted by COVID-19?” for an in-depth look at the post-pandemic job market.

about the author

Sue Marcus

Sue Marcus is managing director, Randstad Sourceright North America with executive responsibility over Randstad Sourceright in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She is responsible for aligning contingent and permanent workforce strategies as part of a broader global initiative that will be offered to enterprise customers who are calling for more agility and flexibility in their talent solutions. With the expertise of the RPO, MSP and Payroll teams, Marcus helps clients adopt a total talent approach that ensures business objectives are met while competing in today's labor market.

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