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3 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Career in a Recession

The past few weeks have been difficult for a lot of people. There are people who are sick from the coronavirus and missing their family members. Others have been working from home, or worse, been laid off. And we’re all facing a looming recession.

There was so much “white noise” on social media last week you may have missed my previous posts, including three different ways to help you gain some control over your career in these trying times. In case you missed it, here’s a compilation of those three things you may find useful now or in an upcoming recession.

How to gain control over your career amidst layoffs and a recession

Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to continue working from home during this coronavirus quarantine. But perhaps you haven’t been so lucky.

Some folks have been told not to report to work. And since their job doesn’t lend well to remote work, they’re having to use precious vacation or sick days. Or worse, they’re being laid off.

If this is you, or could possibly be you in the near future, you probably feel like you have no control over your current career or job situation.

But, there are some things you can do to help you feel a little more in control, and can help you be better prepared in the event of a job loss.

1. Stay in control by updating your resume the right way

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!

I’m sure there are several things you need to add to your resume since you last updated it. Which means you need to make room for those new things.

So how do you know what to get rid of to make way for the new info? I have several free videos, including one entitled:

What NOT to Share On Your Resume: 13 Things You Should Delete Immediately

You may not realize it, but there are probably some things on your resume that are hurting your chances of landing a job interview. They need to go! Find out what they are before you send your next résumé out by watching the video.

Once you’ve updated your resume, you have a chance of getting a free resume critique from paNASH. Details are available in the video.

2. Be prepared to become a freelancer during a recession

Even if you’re still able to work during the coronavirus quarantine, whether from your office or from home, let me ask you something:

Are you prepared to be a freelancer if forced to?

Think about it. 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?

Do you already have some other streams of revenue in place, like freelance work or a side hustle?

I’ve previously written about the importance of having multiple streams of income. You can’t rely on only one stream because it could evaporate tomorrow.

I’m not saying this to cause you to panic. Instead I say it to help you feel more productive and a little more in control of your current situation.

How to create multiple streams of income

Here’s what you have some control over. Sit down and make a list of skills you have that others would pay you to perform because they lack those skills. Also add to your list anything you own that others might want to rent on a short-term basis.

Decide which items on your list will take the least amount of time to start earning the most money.

Then, get the word out. Use your current social media profiles to do this. And join platforms you’re not already using. Start with the ones that make the most sense for your product or service.

You may be surprised what kind of response you get.

Forced to be a freelancer

Recently, my hairstylist’s husband was in between digital marketing jobs. Although he received several interviews and offers, the offers weren’t financially feasible based on his experience and the potentially long commutes.

While holding out for something more financially feasible, he took some home improvement jobs as a side hustle since he’s good at this sort of thing.

When one side hustle opportunity was completed, another one came along. Then it got to the point where he had so many side jobs to choose from it made more financial sense to make this his full-time gig!

He’s now making more money doing home improvement than he would’ve if he’d stayed in digital marketing.

Need help becoming a freelancer?

If you need help with the steps of starting a side hustle or work opportunity for yourself, let me know. I’ve successfully transitioned to working for myself and have helped several clients do the same.

3. Getting laid off? The #1 thing to ask for when you leave

Getting laid off is difficult and scary. It’s happening to so many people right now due to a recession caused by the coronavirus. It can make you feel like your career and your life is out of control.

On some occasions you can convince your boss or company that you’re worth keeping around. Such as when you’re able to show your past contributions to the company and the savings of letting you work remotely, using hard data. Hard data gets people’s attention.

But if your data doesn’t outweigh the data that supports letting you go, there’s still something you can negotiate.

Outplacement counseling

You can always ask your company to provide or include outplacement counseling in your severance package.

Outplacement counseling is simply another term for career coaching or job search assistance. It’s set up to help you find your next job more quickly, and to make a smoother transition to it.

Many companies already offer it in their severance packages. I know this because I’m often one of the people they pay to provide such a service for their employees.

Take advantage of outplacement

If your company already offers outplacement counseling, take advantage of it! I’m always surprised at how some people just toss this benefit aside. Their company has already paid for the service, yet some employees think they don’t need it.

Even if you don’t think you need outplacement counseling, use it! If you already have another job lined up, use it to help you prepare for your first year in your new job.

Career coaching isn’t just for helping you find a job. It’s also for helping you succeed in your next job and building your career. And everything discussed in your coaching sessions remains confidential. It will never be shared with your past employer.

Ask for outplacement

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?

If your company needs convincing, help them understand how it not only benefits you, but also their business. It protects the company’s brand and reputation. It mitigates the risk of litigation. And, it provides them the opportunity to do the right thing for their employees.

If your company agrees to pay for the service but doesn’t have anyone to provide it, tell them you know someone! Feel free to have them email me, Lori Bumgarner, at lorib@yourpassioninlife.com. I’ve provided outplacement counseling to hundreds of companies’ employees over several years, especially during times of recession.

Additional help when getting laid off

If your company says no to offering outplacement counseling, there are still some free and affordable resources here at paNASH, starting with paNASH’s on-demand programs and free career success videos. Click here to receive free access to the following videos:

Control what you can during a recession

Knowing what you can’t and can control means the difference between feeling panicked and empowered. Hopefully the tips and resources provided here will make you feel more empowered. I look forward to helping you navigate these uncertain times in your career!

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Getting Laid Off? The #1 Thing to Ask for When You Leave

Part 3 of 3

Getting laid off is difficult and scary. It’s happening to so many people right now due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. It can make you feel like your career and your life is out of control.

On some occasions you can convince your boss or company that you’re worth keeping around. Such as when you’re able to show your past contributions to the company and the savings of letting you work remotely using hard data. Hard data gets people’s attention.

But if your data doesn’t outweigh the data that supports letting you go, there’s still something you can negotiate.

Outplacement counseling

You can always ask your company to provide or include outplacement counseling in your severance package. It’s one thing you still have some control over.

Outplacement counseling is simply another term for career coaching or job search assistance. It’s set up to help you find your next job more quickly, and to make a smoother transition to it.

Many companies already offer it in their severance packages. I know this because I’m often one of the people they pay to provide such a service for their employees.

Take advantage of outplacement

If your company already offers outplacement counseling, take advantage of it! I’m always surprised at how some people just toss this benefit aside. Their company has already paid for the service, yet some employees think they don’t need it.

Even if you don’t think you need outplacement counseling, use it! If you already have another job lined up, use it to help you prepare for your first year in your new job.

Career coaching isn’t just for helping you find a job. It’s also for helping you succeed in your next job and building your career. And everything discussed in your coaching sessions remains confidential. It will never be shared with your past employer.

Ask for outplacement

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?

If your company needs convincing, help them understand how it not only benefits you, but also their business. It protects the company’s brand and reputation. It mitigates the risk of litigation. And, it provides them the opportunity to do the right thing for their employees.

If your company agrees to pay for the service but doesn’t have anyone to provide it, tell them you know someone! Feel free to have them email me, Lori Bumgarner, at lorib@yourpassioninlife.com. I’ve provided outplacement counseling to hundreds of companies’ employees over several years.

Additional help when getting laid off

If your company says no to offering outplacement counseling, there are still some free and affordable resources here at paNASH, starting with paNASH’s on-demand programs and free career success videos. Click here to receive free access to the following videos:

I look forward to helping you navigate these uncertain times in your career!

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How to Improve Your Work Life With Coronavirus Prevention

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to work from home (because you don’t already), you’re probably about to find out. In response to the Corona Virus, many businesses are taking preventative measures and requiring some employees to work remotely from home.

This includes businesses that hadn’t previously embraced the idea of remote work. I have a lot of clients who currently work for such companies. And they come to me with hopes of either turning their current job into a remote work opportunity, or finding a new job that’s already remote.

Maybe you’re someone who has the same hopes. And maybe for the first time your company’s resorting to remote work, not by choice, but by force due to the virus.

If this is something you’d like to see your company continue after the Corona Virus crisis, listen up! This is the perfect time to build a case for working remotely even after preventative measures have been lifted.

Building a case for working remotely beyond the Corona Virus

You’ll want to use your temporary remote time to show how working remotely helps your company beyond just the current health benefits.

During this time, track every single positive impact on the company’s bottom line you notice. Examples of positive outcomes include:

  • Reduction in errors.
  • Financial savings for the company.
  • More satisfied clients and customers.
  • Increase in more qualified prospects.
  • Increase in repeat sales from current customers.
  • Time used more wisely.
  • More efficiency and productivity.

Deliver results

Create a report reflecting these positive outcomes and present it to your boss once you return to the office.

Then, ask your boss for two additional weeks of working remotely to see if you can repeat what you’ve accomplished during your “quarantine.” If you can, he or she will find it hard to justify saying no to an indefinite continuation of your remote work schedule.

If your company won’t make a change after the Corona Virus, you can

If your results don’t change your current employer’s policies, then you can always make a change. You can change jobs for a company that already embraces remote work on a regular basis.

In fact, this is probably a good long-term career move. Why? Because according to one article, companies who adopt remote work will replace companies who don’t.

Also, you can make a career change to one providing well-paying remote work opportunities. The top five highest-earning remote jobs are:

  1. Writing/Editing/Content strategy jobs (including copywriter, content manager, translator, and editor).
  2. Web/UI designer
  3. Social media marketing manager
  4. Data scientist
  5. Mobile/App/Blockchain/Web developer

There are numerous other opportunities. And I believe there will be even more in the near future. Eventually, companies will realize the benefits of allowing employees to work remotely due to the sheer force of what’s currently happening.

paNASH is here to help

If you need help either negotiating a possible remote opportunity with your current employer or finding something new, paNASH can help. This can include starting your own freelance or consulting business. I’ve helped several clients start their own thing, either full-time or as a side hustle. It has given them the opportunity to make their own schedule and their own rules.

I’ve even done it myself. I love working from home and other locations which gives me greater flexibility and work-life balance. I’ll probably never go back to any work that keeps me handcuffed to an office desk.

Once you get a taste for remote work, you likely won’t want to go back to a traditional work mode. And you don’t have to. You do have a say in the future of your career!

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paNASH Announces Free Career Coaching Resources for Tornado Victims Left Jobless

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 10th, 2020) – Career coach and owner of paNASH Career Coaching Lori Bumgarner announced her company is offering free career coaching resources for tornado victims left jobless.

These resources are designed to help those who are looking for temporary or permanent employment due to the destruction of several businesses during March 3rd’s tornado in Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam counties.

“I am saddened by the loss of life, property, and livelihood here in Nashville and surrounding counties,” Bumgarner said. “Clean-up is occurring rapidly due to the Tennessee volunteer spirit, but it will take a long time to rebuild. Now that some of the most immediate needs of victims are being met, paNASH is here to help with the process of finding new employment for those who are jobless due to the devastation.”

According to Metro Codes, there were nearly 200 commercial buildings damaged or destroyed by the tornado, resulting in both permanently and temporarily displaced employees.*

“Whether you’re seeking temporary or permanent employment, you need the skills to find something as quickly as possible,” Bumgarner continues. “The job search skills paNASH teaches are designed to help decrease the amount of time to find work and increase the quality of the candidate’s approach resulting in more consideration for advanced opportunities.”

paNASH provides several online career coaching resources available immediately to anyone who has an Internet connection.

Users from any of the affected counties can work online (either from home or a local library) at their own pace to learn how to significantly improve their resume, interview skills, and networking efforts. While typically there is a fee for these resources, paNASH is waiving the fee for those who currently find themselves jobless due to the tornado.

Bumgarner will also offer additional free career coaching services such as resume critiques and one-on-one coaching for a select number of people affected by the storm.

For more information, email Bumgarner at LoriB@yourpassioninlife.com with the subject line “tornado job loss.” Bumgarner will respond with details on what they need to do and the documentation they need to provide to get started.

* Source: https://fox17.com/news/local/nashville-devastation-395-homes-184-businesses-majorly-damaged-or-destroyed-in-tornado

About paNASH:

Based in Nashville, TN, paNASH provides career coaching services and job search preparation for those seeking a career change.

paNASH’s mission is to serve, educate and encourage others by assisting them with the discovery and pursuit of their passions in a way that honors their purpose and their own vision for success while amplifying who they are personally and advancing them professionally.

paNASH is owned by Lori Bumgarner, a certified coach with over 20 years of experience as a career adviser. She is a bestselling author and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and Inc.com. Bumgarner has been ranked by Expertise.com as one of the top ten coaches in Nashville for three consecutive years.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Lori Bumgarner

paNASH

615.375.6742

LoriB@yourpassioninlife.com

How to Know If You Should Apply for a Job You’re Not Qualified For

I have several clients who think if they don’t check off all the boxes of requirements on a job ad, they can’t apply for the job. But let me tell you a little story…

You never know what can happen

…When I was just coming out of grad school, I applied for a director’s level position without any full-time professional experience. I knew I was unqualified for the director’s position. But I was interested in it and applied anyway to see what would happen.

Of course I was rejected. But then the company called me because the assistant director position had also just come open. They wanted to know if I was interested in it.

I was much more qualified for this role and was indeed very interested. They offered me the job a few days after my interview! I was so excited because it was my first “real job” out of school.

I say all this to show you never know what can happen. You have nothing to lose but the time it takes to apply.

The truth about the job ad

Most job ads read more like the hiring manager’s “wish list” instead of a realistic request. It’s highly unlikely one person will have all the desired qualifications from the job ad.

As a result, if they aren’t getting the qualified candidate pool they’d hoped for, they’ll likely re-write the job description to reflect a more realistic expectation of qualifications.

When to apply for the job

My recommendation is, if you have at least 65-75% of the qualifications they’re looking for, go ahead and apply and see what happens. Especially if you have any of the preferred qualifications in addition to some of the required qualifications.

But only do so if you have a genuine interest in the job. Never apply for a job you have no intentions of taking just to gain interview practice. This is unethical.

What to do while you wait for a response

While you’re waiting to hear back, see if there is a way for you to learn some of the requirements you’re lacking through a online tutorials or MOOCs. (See the list of educational alternatives in my recent post “How to Know If You Should Go Back to School“.)

Be understanding if they decide they don’t want you, and don’t let the rejection get to you. Instead, be open if they contact you for a job that’s a step-down and is more in line with your current qualifications.

Then in your interview, ask if there are opportunities for future advancement after being with the company for a certain period of time.

Conclusion

I recommend being selective when using the approach above.

If you don’t feel comfortable applying for a job you’re not qualified for, then perhaps you’d be more comfortable doing an informational interview to learn more about what it takes to end up in such a job. (To learn more about informational interviews, check out the on-demand program, The Secret to Successful Networking: How to Do It Naturally and Effectively.)

At the very least you’ll become more aware of the hidden job market and the skills you need to develop.

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