The tips below are adapted from a presentation by Bridgepath Career Advisors and hosted by Jill Huggett on March 24, 2020.
Focus on what you can control:
- Tip #1: Self-care is a priority
- Tip #2: Check assumptions
- Tip #3: Realistic optimism
- Tip #4: Habits and routine give certainty
- Tip #5: Prepare and practice now
- Tip #6: Virtual informational networking
- Wash your hands: breaks down fat and protein
- Maintain your immune system: exercise, nutrition, emotional (socialize at a distance, not isolation)
- Shift your mindset: meditate (calm anxiety, increase focus), gratitude, manage information (check assumptions)
1) Myth: Companies stopped hiring; Reality: Various industries are still hiring
- Shipping and delivery companies
- Online learning companies
- Pharmacies, grocery stores, home delivery meal services
- Remote communication and meeting services
- Social media
- Public sector
- Working from home/families in need of childcare
2) What do we know?
- Times are changing – it will not be over in 3 months
- Impacts the job market, delays in hiring, uncertainty
3) What do we also know?
- Remote and interim positions
- Use the time to prepare/ Explain the gap
- Transferable skills impact your resume
- “Out of the box” search
- Be opportunistic by adapting
Companies need candidates with:
- Adaptability, transferable skills, dynamic leader, strategic thinkers
- Shift our minds to focus on what we can control
Work space/focus on the environment:
- Limit distractions (Disable Wi-Fi, exposure to the news, find a quiet space)
- Time Management: Set up your routine/schedule
- What is your perfect day?
- When are you most productive?
- Reverse engineer your tasks for productivity
- Habit formation – avoid decision fatigue/automatism
- Plan A: Your Ideal Path
- Plan B: The Path of Least Resistance – Acceptance
Develop your foundational work:
- Direction of the Job Search
- Find your current situation – current skills
- Determine destination – what you want
- Plan/Navigate your journey – online courses, trainings, webinars
- Personal Branding
Building a pipeline:
- Resume, LinkedIn, networking, interviewing
Personal Brand – Product positioning statement:
- What information do you need to differentiate yourself?
- What are your key skills and competencies?
- What makes you good at your job?
- How will your experience provide a foundation for your next role?
- What’s your competitive advantage(s)?
- Which stories illustrate your skills?
- The combination of skills is what makes you unique
- Transferable skills are more important than ever
- Adaptability is key
- 75% – Jobs gotten through networking
- How do you network efficiently? The informational interview!
- Most effective networking approach: Informational interviews
- Gather information/research
- Broaden your network/who knows you
- Obtain more contacts
- Find the hidden jobs
Global Pandemic and Your Job Search:
- You are not alone
- Use support available, especially financial
- Keep preparing, build pipeline
- Have a backup plan – Plan B
- It’s temporary
- Explaining the gap