Pandemic job searching and remote working 

Uncharted waters are exactly what we are in with the current pandemic. Everywhere you turn there is opinion and news on the matter and quite frankly it is over whelming and confusing. We do not know what the coming days, weeks or months may hold. The vast majority of our clients are “business as usual” with some tweaks to protect the health of their employees and clients.

So, what do you do in this state of “new normal” when it comes to searching for a job or working from home? We have put together some ideas to help keep you focused and on track, so post-virus you can move seamlessly into the direction you were already headed.

Job searching:

  • Update your resume, take the time to get it looking sharp and current.
  • Run-through interview questions, practice the common ones like;

                 - Tell us about yourself

                 - Why are you looking for a new opportunity

                 - What has your greatest achievement been to date

  • Continue to search job boards and speak with your recruiter. Available roles may decrease, and positions might be placed on hold. Be proactive in communicating that you’re still available.
  • Be flexible when it comes to interview times, locations, and methods.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile, connect with past and present colleagues, network socially to source opportunities and strengthen relationships.
  • If you’re in a secure role and you don’t need to make a move, then stay put and ride this out.

Work from home tips:

  • Maintain routine. Get up at the same time, use what would have been your commute time to get in some exercise, start your work tasks at the time you normally would, and try to follow that for lunch breaks and finish times.
  • Write lists. The best way to stay focused in a new and sometimes distracting environment is to list all the things you need to achieve that day and work your way through the list. 
  • Get on board with new age communication tools. Maintain contact with your team and clients via Facetime, Google hangouts, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or Facebook messenger. 
  • Have a daily team call to plan the tasks for the day, regroup at lunch time to ensure you are all on track and still working in the same direction. This will also help with accountability.

Be patient, proactive and stay focused. Embrace technology and the fact the world works in a way that affords such fantastic opportunity for many to still work. Whatever unfolds we will get through it and life will return to normal again.

Pandemic job searching and remote working