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First, while soul-retching, I would draw on your knowledge and experience of marketing to see yourself as a product and come up with a plan to market yourself. As you well know, a good marketing campaign can overcome any weakness in the product or service being marketed.

Second, any employer who holds 2020 against any job seeker should have their head examined and is probably not a company you want to work for anyway. I don't buy into the idea that algorithms control hiring. They may control whose resume gets passed the virtual screeners, but a savvy marketer will know that there are ways to get around an HR department's defenses.

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Third, with much of America still working remotely, being behind a computer will still be part of the game. The reality is that there will be less demand for travel, or even personal visits within a geographic location. And technology is increasingly becoming a part of just about every role you can play in a company. You can find jobs that are not soul-crushing but still involve computers.

Even if you go into fitness and personal training, there are advantages to creating a web presence that can be used for scheduling appointments and communicating and attracting new clients. And there are gyms that are still open and opening. I've seen 3 boutique fitness studios in my neighborhood alone - one that replaced another that didn't make it, another that replaced a dry cleaners that didn't make it, and a third that just came out of nowhere.

You hate analytical work, but I would advise you to analyze yourself, clarify your career goals, clarify the skills and experience you can bring to achieving those goals, and focusing a marketing strategy to sell yourself to achieve those goals with the skills and experience you bring to bear. Don't let anyone else define your job description for you.

Who spent 2 years out of work himself before landing a contract right before the pandemic began and amazingly, since it was already remote, he's still at it, so you never know from where your next opportunity will come...

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