The COVID pandemic has had widespread effect, not just on our health and our healthcare system, but also on our careers and the way we work. Every industry has felt its impact, some in a positive way, and most in a negative way.
As a result, I’ve had to help guide my clients and readers through the impact the pandemic has had on the job market and on their work and careers.
I’ve spent the last several months sharing my insights on how workers and job seekers can adapt to the current job market. I hope my readers have found this information helpful in such uncertain times. I also want to make it easier for them to access this information.
Therefore, I’m compiling all of my pandemic-related posts here for you to catch up on, along with some “tweetable” nuggets from various posts (see below).
I’m also including a new blog category named “COVID info” so you can easily locate all future posts related to this topic. You’ll find it within the list of other categories on the right of your computer screen or at the bottom of your mobile device screen.
If you have any specific questions about conducting a job search during a pandemic, feel free to email your question to me. I’ll try my best to answer it for you, either privately or in a future post.
15 resources to help you improve your career during a pandemic
1. How to Improve Your Work Life With Coronavirus Prevention (published March 23, 2020)
“…companies who adopt remote work will replace companies who don’t.” (click to tweet)
The above quote is what experts are predicting. If you work for one of the few companies that has the capability to adopt remote work but has chosen not to, then your job may be in jeopardy.
It might be time to start updating your resume so you can look for work that will be around in the future. To help you do this, check out the next post #2.
2. How to Gain Control Over Your Career Amidst Layoffs (published March 23, 2020)
“If it’s been a while since you last updated your resume, now is a good time to do so. It’s definitely more productive than spending your time watching Netflix while quarantined!”
You may not realize it, but there are probably some things on your resume hurting your chances of landing a job interview. They need to go!
Find out what to keep, update, and delete on your resume in this post.
3. Are You Prepared to Be a Freelancer If Forced To? (published March 26, 2020)
“If you lost your job tomorrow and couldn’t find another one right away, would you be able to pick up and start making some extra money?” (click to tweet)
Check out this post to find out how to create multiple streams of revenue in the event of a job loss.
4. Getting Laid Off? The #1 Thing to Ask for When You Leave (published March 30, 2020)
“If you’re getting laid off due to the coronavirus, and your company doesn’t offer outplacement counseling, ask for it! What do you have to lose at this point?”
And if your company does offer outplacement counseling or career coaching as part of your severance, take advantage of it! They’re paying for it, so use it.
5. How to Avoid These 5 Career Mistakes During a Time of Panic (published April 15, 2020)
“Now is not the time to panic or lose hope. It’s time to do what’s within your control, which includes making good decisions based on logic, not fear.” (click to tweet)
There are five common career mistakes I see people make when they find themselves in a bad job market and start to panic. Find out what they are in this post so you can avoid them.
6. How to Make Phone and Video Interviews Run More Smoothly (published April 28, 2020)
“Companies are likely to continue using remote interviews even after the pandemic is behind us.”
To ensure things run smoothly on your end of your next remote interview, follow the tips in this post.
7. Your Job Provides You Security. Until It Doesn’t. Then What? (published May 6, 2020)
“While you have no control over the current pandemic or your company’s response to it, you do have control over your own career strategy.”
Companies will always do what they have to do to keep afloat for as long as possible, which means you need to have a strategy in place if you lose your job.
Think you don’t need a strategy? Allow me to share a few stories with you in this post.
8. It’s Time For a 2020 Do-Over (published May 27, 2020)
“There are now things we have to change, but also things we get to change.”
What’s one change brought on by the pandemic you or your family have benefited from?
9. How to Set Post-Quarantine Goals When You Hate Goal-Setting (published June 3, 2020)
“Maybe you’re less of a visionary or planner, and instead are more of a problem solver.”
If problem solving is more your thing than goal-setting, check out this simple way to set goals from a problem-solver’s perspective.
10. How to Stay Focused on Your Goals During the Remainder of the Pandemic (published June 10, 2020)
“Now may be a good time to start planning some future goals, even if you don’t yet know the full impact of the pandemic on your future plans.”
Even if the pandemic is preventing you from accomplishing some of your goals, you can use this time to put them in writing or update the ones you’ve already written down. You can start planning now, and then you’ll already have something to tweak if necessary in the near future. Learn how in this post.
11. How to Stop Procrastinating During and After the Quarantine (published June 17, 2020)
“You won’t be considered a failure if you at least give your goals a try. It’s when you don’t try at all you’ll be seen as a failure.” (click to tweet)
Because so much has been put on hold due to the pandemic, it can be tempting to also put your dreams and goals for your life on hold.
But how many years have gone by where you never did what you said you wanted to do? How many more years do you want this to continue happening once we’re past this crisis?
The truth is, post-quarantine won’t be any different than pre-quarantine if you don’t make the choice to change. Learn how in this post.
12. How to Re-Direct Your Career in a Time of Uncertainty (published June 24, 2020)
“You always have the opportunity to re-direct your career, both in good times and in times of uncertainty.” (click to tweet)
If we’ve learned anything from the economic impact of COVID-19, it’s nothing is certain. And, there’s no such thing as job security. But you can take your job security into your own hands. And you can start now! This post shows you how.
13. How to Land a New Job With the Help of a Face Mask (published July 8, 2020)
“You never know who will be standing in line six feet ahead of you, or six feet behind you. It could be the person who works for a company currently hiring instead of downsizing.”
This post teaches a unique way of networking during times of social distancing.
14. LinkedIn Etiquette You Need to Know When Networking Remotely (published July 29, 2020)
“If you fail to follow proper LinkedIn etiquette, you’ll likely turn off the people you want to connect with most.”
Most job candidates only create a LinkedIn profile and do nothing more than “set it and forget it.” But there are more things you can and should do with LinkedIn if you want to find opportunities. And you have to understand the etiquette required on LinkedIn in order to be successful. Learn how in this post.
15. How to Answer These Important Pandemic Interview Questions (published August 12, 2020)
“What did you do with your time…during the pandemic?”
This will be a question you may have to answer in your next interview. Are you ready for it? Learn how to respond appropriately in this post.
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