Working For the Weekend: Having Fun During Coronavirus
Working For the Weekend: Having Fun During Coronavirus
While job hunting isn’t “fun,” work pays for all the entertainment. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed the hiring process. So let’s work together to find you a great new job.
- Where To Look — Make sure your friends, family, former co-workers and neighbors know you’re looking for work. On average, you probably know about 600 people. Those 600 people know about 600 other people and so on. Use that network to your advantage. There are also job boards. If you apply for a job, look on social media to see if anyone you or a friend knows someone at that business.
2) Beat the Bots — Human Resources will receive thousands of resumes because of online job boards. AI-powered platforms will scan your resume to determine if you will get through the initial screening. To do this, use the same descriptive words from the job description in your resume. The main focus should be the last ten years of work experience. And don’t include pictures.
3) Ignore Job Titles (mostly) — Titles have largely become meaningless. What is a “Talent Delivery Specialist?” It may be the person who gives you your next job… What you need to do is talk to a human being. To do this, showcase your skills. You don’t need 100% of the skills on the job description. Just enough to talk to someone about what the position is truly like and show your willingness to learn.
4) LinkedIn — I could give you a thousand reasons why LinkedIn is annoying, cumbersome, and counter-intuitive. But, one reason you should use it: recruiters and human resource departments use it A LOT. So, start or update your profile right now. Tell us what makes you unique and your achievements in the “about” section. For “experience,” list all titles from organizations if you’ve received a promotion. Give a short summary of responsibilities and focus your project successes. In “skills and endorsements,” add anything and everything you think is relevant to your career. This will help recruiters find you instead of you having to find them. If your project or program is featured online, include links. Have you ever been quoted in an article, spoke at a conference, or talked publicly: add it to your profile. And don’t be shy about asking for recommendations from people you know from very different parts of your life.
5) Other Social Media — What will your future boss think about your posts? Use your empathy and/or ask someone you trust professionally to review your pages. Do you have posts about personal/relationship problems, complaints about boss/work, use violent/vulgar language, party/alcohol/drug photos, and religious/political rants? Be honest with yourself. It may determine if you’ll get a job.
6) A Remote Interview? — This is how interviews are now conducted. This means you need to do more than wear your most professional outfit (Don’t be casual just because you’re at home). You need to “stage” your video call. This includes background selection, camera placement, lighting, and outfit choice. For more details, visit: Tips For Working At Home: Staging Your Virtual Office — https://mikekraus.blogspot.com/2020/03/tips-for-working-at-home-staging-your.html
Make sure the space you interview in is quiet and private. No distractions from kids, pets, or anything else. And have a backup plan just in case your internet, video, or microphone fails.
7) Character Over Skills — Have you ever been hired because they “liked you” or were friends with someone who already worked there? Everyone knows or can be trained to use MS Word, but a bad personality can be difficult to change. So, don’t be afraid to showcase your kindness, communication, adaptability, empathy, and problem solving talents. During a remote work pandemic, these skills have a much higher value.
8) Gaps In Your Resume — In 2020 and beyond, almost everyone’s resume will have lapses. But, you can be proactive in standing out as a candidate by filling in those spaces by volunteering, publishing articles, passion project, and online classes. Also, the people you meet may lead you to your next opportunity.
9) Thank You! — Before Coronavirus/COVID-19/politics, I would have suggested mailing a thank you note because they are more memorable ( https://mikekraus.blogspot.com/2020/08/save-post-office.html) . But, with HR staff at home and severe post office delays, decision makers may not see your letter until after they’ve hired someone else.
Instead, send individualized emails to everyone you’ve talked with at the organization. People are visual, so try to include a relevant photo in the email. If it’s something of personal interest, even better (ie — if you talked about flowers in your gardens, send a photo of your landscaping). Anything that can make you positively stand out from the crowd.
AND DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN! And, please feel free to contact if you have any questions or suggestions!
Health and Safety Considerations for gathering:
1) No indoor activities
2) No sharing bathrooms
3) Wash hands before and after gathering. Don’t touch your face.
4) Bring your own food, snacks, drinks, and utensils.
5) Do not attend if you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, overweight, have/survived cancer, or 50+ year old.
6) Do not attend if you have or have had Coronavirus or showing symptoms ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
7) Wear a mask and practice social distancing ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html)
8) Limit attendance. Check local health department for guidelines and restrictions.
9) Talk with everyone about comfort levels. Expect and allow non-participation and last minute cancellations.
Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.
Originally published at http://mikekraus.blogspot.com.