There is much talk about life after Covid-19 at the moment. It seems a little premature to me, because the virus continues to hugely impact our daily lives and is likely to remain a continuous threat for a year or more.
In his recent contribution to the Economist’s series on “the world after Covid-19,” Bill Gates (whose philanthropic activities on behalf of disease mitigation and prevention are truly remarkable) cited three rays of sunshine in the otherwise rather dark prognosis for the world in the coming year or more:
For these and other reasons Bill Gates apparently believes that we will be in a better position the next time a pandemic raises its ugly head. Hopefully, we will have more and better PPE, too.
We all hope this to be true and also that the politics that are exacerbating the health crisis abate in favor of a rational, all-inclusive approach in a relatively united front: humanity vs. the pathogen.
In the meantime, The Barrett Group continues to do our work to help executives clarify their career objectives and then discover the professional opportunities of their choice.
During the last seven weeks we have seen 28 clients either land a job or receive an offer. That is a run rate of more than 200 clients per year—in the middle of a pandemic!
We focus on executives. According to our latest survey data, 52% of our clients earn more than $150,000 per year, 26% earn more than $200,000, and 10% earn more than $300,000 per annum. Of course, we also help junior executives: 21% of our clients earn $100,000-$150,000.
It does not matter whether you still have a job or not. About 40% of our clients are unemployed when they come to us, a number that has certainly ticked up since Q4 2019.
Psychographically, our clients tend to be people who are extroverted and self-assured (high “I” and high “D” in DISC terms)—people who are willing to self-promote if need be in a decent and professional manner using all of the tools that the Barrett Group has developed and perfected over thirty years of career management experience.
However, the more introverted and analytical clients in our recent surveys often cite having a six-member professional career-change team to support them is the major reason they signed on and are succeeding in spite of their introversion.
Here are just a few to illustrate the diversity:
So, by all means, let us hope for a rapid end to the health crisis, but smart money should not count on this any time soon. Smart money should be invested in progressing your career while your potential competitors still crouch in fear on the sidelines. Now more than ever is the time to invest in your most valuable asset—your career— and join the swelling ranks of successful Barrett Group clients.
Together we can make it twenty-eight and counting!
Peter Irish, CEO
The Barrett Group