Tips to make a career pivot and land the job you want in 2022

December 14, 2021

Did you spend the pandemic thinking about your career and wondering if it’s on the right track? If so, you’re not alone: according to a new survey conducted in October, more than half (59%) of working Americans have experienced symptoms of a career awakening since the pandemic began, and this increases to 80% for millenials.

People are feeling less fulfilled in their jobs, but aren’t sure of how to take the next step.

The survey found that 73% of Americans who say the pandemic changed the way they feel about their career feel less fulfilled in their current jobs. But they are unclear on their next steps: 41% feel afraid, intimidated or overwhelmed when they think about switching to a new career. 

Tip: These LinkedIn Learning job seeking courses can help you put together an action plan and map out a career path that’s right for you.

People want flexibility. 

Nearly two years into the pandemic, people are comfortable and confident in their ability to work from anywhere, making remote jobs hugely attractive to job seekers. Of the searches in the United States that use our new remote, hybrid, and onsite job filters, 84% of searches are for remote jobs and 1 in 6 jobs on LinkedIn are now remote in the United States.

Tip: You can now search for millions of hybrid, on-site or remote jobs on LinkedIn. Learn more here.

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A majority (59%) of survey respondents say feeling happy and fulfilled in their role actually drives them to produce their best results. So, whether it’s providing better work-life balance, higher pay or a more flexible workplace, company leaders need to prioritize employee well-being. People are looking for change -- and they want it fast.  

Workers are leaving for many reasons, but salary tops the list. 

Almost 40% of our survey respondents reported feeling more burned out since the start of the pandemic. But being overworked isn’t the only thing that’s driving people to look for something new. Not making enough money is the #1 reason workers are thinking about changing jobs this year. In fact, 30% say their job salary isn’t enough to cover their personal or family living expenses. 

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If you’re looking for something new, here are three ways you can advance your job search:

  1. Polish your LinkedIn Profile, starting with your Profile photo. This is your virtual handshake and a simple way for your friends, colleagues and former classmates to discover you on LinkedIn. Make sure your Profile photo embodies who you are as a professional, but also is authentic to you and shows a bit of your personality. We’ve also now added the ability to add your pronouns and name pronunciation, too. Learn more Profile tips here.

  2. Share that you’re open to work and include your job preferences. You can use the open-to feature on your LinkedIn Profile to quietly signal recruiters you’re open to work, or you can engage your entire professional community in your search.  Members who use the #OpenToWork photo frame receive on average 40% more recruiter InMails and are 20% more likely to receive messages from the broader LinkedIn community. 

  3. Set up Job Alerts and let us do the work for you. As you search for a job on LinkedIn, you have various filter options, such as remote location, job type, experience level, under 10 applicants and more. You’ll see a prompt to set up job alerts which sends you a notification when a relevant job is posted. Being one of the first to apply can increase your chances of hearing back by up to 4X.

Have you changed careers or jobs over the pandemic? Share your story with us on LinkedIn using the #ConversationsforChange hashtag.


Censuswide surveyed more than 2,000 professionals in the United States in October 2021 on behalf of LinkedIn.