How to Find Normalcy During the Pandemic

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How to Keep Life Normal Even in Difficult Times

The pandemic has been going on for more than six months, and most of us have just about lost our minds.

It’s getting harder and harder to remember what life was like before we even heard of the coronavirus. Heck, many of us are at the point where when we watch people on TV from something shot years ago we still think, “Where are their masks?”

We all good use a bit of normally to help keep us grounded until the world gets back to normal. Follow these tips to try and keep yourself still and centered.

Have Socially-Distanced Gatherings

Something that is getting very common is the socially-distanced gatherings. Rather than having normal parties, people are staying six-feet apart from one another typically outside. This way you can ensure that everyone is staying safe while still being able to hang out with friends and family.

Make sure that you have plenty of sanitation supplies and an adequate space for everyone to gather.

Go on Lots of Walks

Do some research on how many walking trails and hiking paths are around your neighborhood. Just because we need to socially distance from one another, doesn’t mean you have to stay put all day, so go on some walks from time to time!

You’ll love the fresh air and the extra exercise.

Also, if you have a dog, they will be elated with this change of pace.

Go on a Mini Road Trip

Things like staying in hotels or going to major shopping centers should be out of the question for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and see the world whatsoever. Think about what places you want to visit, and go on a road trip!

If you need to sleep somewhere, sleep in your car or bring a tent and you can find a campground. You can order takeout from nearby restaurants. Rather than visiting places where there are going to be lots of people, visit more scenic places like forests or lakes.

Don’t End Your Job Hunt

Places are still hiring and the unemployment rate is dropping by the week. This means that you shouldn’t stop your job hunt. In fact, you should get more aggressive with it.

If you want to have the best chance of landing a job right now, you should consider hiring a professional resume writer. They can maximize your chances of landing your dream job. Click here to schedule a free consultation with a professional resume writer.

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New Job in 2020: Remote Worker Supervisor

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How to Find Work as a Remote Worker Supervisor

During the pandemic, tons of people began working remotely as their offices became unsafe due to the threat of the coronavirus. As a result, companies now need to figure out how to adequately manage a staff of workers who aren’t going to see the inside of their office.

Now, companies are hiring remote worker supervisors to watch over their remote staff. These are people that know how to maintain productivity and maintain communication with a staff that can’t meet in person.

If you’re looking for one of these jobs, know where to look and know what to say!

You Need Management Experience and Remote Work Experience

People that have experience managing a team remotely are going to stand the best chance of landing one of these jobs obviously. However, not all of us have that experience in our past. The good news is everyone with management experience probably has something similar.

As a manager, you have had to communicate with employees through methods other than being face-to-face. You have to see if they’re coming to work by calling them, texting them or emailing them. You have to ask them questions when they’re not at work sometimes.

Furthermore, you need to show that you know how to work remotely. Explain on your resume that you know how to work from home while still staying productive.

Productivity is Key

The major concern that businesses have with their remote workers is that they won’t remain productive while working. On your resume, you need to discuss how you know how to remain productive.

Talk about how you steer away from procrastination. Explain that you know how to remain productive at work and that you know how to make sure a staff is staying productive.

Talk about your time-management skills and what tools you have in place to check in on your own productivity as well as the productivity of your employees.

How to Find The Jobs

Many job search sites now are allowing job seekers to exclusively look for positions that are remote. This can really help narrow down your job search.

You can also narrow down positions so that you can find a company that is looking to fill a management job. Hang out on job sites like LinkedIn and Indeed and start looking for jobs while entering in these criteria.

Go in With a Winning Resume

Your best bet in getting one of these jobs is to submit a professionally-made resume. This means one that was made by a professional resume writer.

Professional resume writers make resumes that get through applicant-tracking systems. These are systems that filter out resumes that lack the proper keywords and key phrases.

Professional resume writers make sure that your resume is built to get through applicant-tracking systems and get into the hands of hiring managers. Click here to schedule a free consultation with a professional resume writer.

 

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Is it Safe to Ride Public Transportation Again?

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Commuting to Work: Returning to Buses and Subways

Although jobs are starting to return little by little, the fear of being infected with the coronavirus is still keeping many people from riding public transportation including buses and subways.

However, a lot of people are wondering whether or not it is safe to begin riding again, or if it would be a recipe for disaster. We highly recommend that you do some of your own research into your own cities safety precautions; however, from a global standpoint, you can get an accurate idea of how safe it is to ride public transportation from the information below.

New Precautions

In cities like Chicago, a lot of safety precautions have been put into place to help keep passengers safe from infection on the bus and train. Seats are sterilized, some seats are sanctioned off so passengers can socially distance and even the stations themselves are sterilized.

Although you should do your own research about what your own community is doing to stay safe on public transportation, more often than naught it seems that safety precautions are being taken.

What About Ride-Share?

Ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft are a lot of people’s go-to’s for traveling to and from work. However, getting into a stranger’s car who may or not be taking the pandemic seriously is keeping a lot of people from using them.

There are still things that you can do in order to stay safe while using ride-share. For example, you can wipe down your own seat, avoid touching surfaces while in the car and wear a mask.

Also, you can ask if you can keep the windows open and make sure that the air conditioning is not circulating throughout the car since the virus can be airborne.

What Can I Do to Stay Safe?

Whenever you are on public transportation (or even out in the world in general) there are several precautions that you should exercise yourself in order to stay safe.

  • Wear a decent mask the entire time. Make sure it covers your mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands before and after riding public transportation.
  • Travel during non-peak hours
  • Limit the amount of surfaces you touch.
  • Socially distance
  • If any area seems crowded, don’t go there.
  • If you’re sick, STAY HOME!

The CDC also recommends that you have some supplies with you whenever you go outside your home.

Finally, the thing that is going to put you the most at risk of getting the coronavirus is other people being stupid. If people are not wearing a mask or are not socially distancing, get away from them and report them if at all possible.

But Is It Safe?

Thus far, there are no major outbreaks that have been tied to using public transportation. However, that doesn’t mean that there is no risk at all to using public transportation. At the end of the day, there is always going to be risk to using public transportation. It is about deciding for yourself whether or not you feel comfortable with the risks given your own precautions along with your communities.

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Make the World Your Home Office!

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Why Work From Home When You Can Work Anywhere?

If you are still working during the pandemic, there’s a chance that you are now working from home. Even though your pets and roommates are probably ecstatic to spend more time with you, you should still consider working places other than your home.

A change of scenery can mean a lot to you and your career and productivity. Also, despite the pandemic, this is not a bad time to consider doing a bit of travel. If you’re interested in working somewhere other than your home, consider some of these options for a fresh new outlook!

Safety First

Before you make any rash decisions, remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Although you could potentially work anywhere with a decent Wi-Fi signal, you still shouldn’t put yourself in any dangerous situations.

Avoid working places where you are going to be surrounded by a lot of people. You should also avoid airports for the time being. If you aren’t comfortable with driving to the location yourself, mark it off your list.

Benefits of Working Outside

If working around the world is a bit too jarring for you, consider taking your work outdoors.

During quarantine, there were probably periods of time where you went days without venturing outside. Without fresh air and sunlight, you are probably getting a bit stressed and stir crazy.

According to an article from Entrepreneur.com, working outdoors can lower your blood pressure, reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health.

What You Should Know Before Heading Out

If you are going to spend some time with friends and family outside of your home, you should first find out that they are being safe. Make sure that they are practicing social distancing and have not been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Secondly, there is a risk to leaving the safety of your home. For example, if you learn that you came into contact with someone with COVID-19, you need to isolate yourself for two weeks so that you know whether or not you are sick.

Where Should You Go?

Hotels and motels may not be smart for the time being, so use your better judgment when choosing where you will be staying. A smart idea would be to stay at an Air BNB. Not only will you have a lovely home to stay at the place of your choosing, but you will most likely have all of the amenities that you have at your own home.

You should avoid visiting an area that’s a hot spot during the pandemic. You can find out what areas of the country are unsafe by going on the CDC website.

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Open Networks are the Key to Career Success

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Expanding Your Network is the Best Way to Succeed

If you work in marketing, your connections on LinkedIn are probably almost all fellow marketers with a few outliers sprinkled in.

When you think about some of the most successful individuals in the world like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos, we realize that these are people that changed the entire game rather than people who remained successful in a single field.

Sure, Apple is a tech company, but the company has evolved to create products that go so far beyond the personal computer. Amazon was originally just a company where you could buy books, but now they are the best company in terms of online sales and logistics.

If you want to be successful beyond your wildest dreams, you can only do so by opening your network and learning how your field can meld with others.

What Does it Mean to Have an Open Network?

Having an open network means more than having a network of people with different careers; it means having a network of wildly different individuals. This means people from different cultural backgrounds, religions, political affiliations, educational backgrounds and more.

We typically want people that are in our network who are similar to us. People of different mindsets can make us feel uncomfortable, so we tend to keep them at a distance. However, if we don’t allow them into our networks, we aren’t allowing our networks to reach their highest potential.

What’s Wrong With a Closed Network?

When you close off your network from others, your network goes from being a network to being an echo chamber. When you don’t have a network of people of different mindsets, you get a network of people who lack ideas that differ from yours. This means that when you need an outside perspective, you aren’t getting one from someone who can look at the situation differently from you.

When you have a closed network, you have a single perspective of the world rather than an accurate understanding.

How Do I Open My Network?

The first thing that you need to do is to keep an open mind. Again, we are all more likely to network with people that are our friends rather than people outside that comfort zone.  Start off by inviting people to connect with you who you know from school or work, but worked/studied in different fields.

You could also join some online forums where you can learn more about other industries and make connections with people at those forums. Once you start building up your larger, more diverse network, you can start using that network in your future endeavors.

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Five Habits That Can Change Your Job Hunt

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Behavior That Can Help Your Job Search

Your actions and your mentality are two of your biggest tools when it comes to both your job hunt and your overall professionalism.

A wrong move and a bad attitude can lead to a lifetime of failures and dead-end jobs that keep you down. However, there are several behavior of highly successful people that you can follow to help achieve a life of success.

Re-Think Your Wardrobe

When it comes to what you wear every day, you need to find a balance of clothes that reflect your own personality and style, and clothes that work in a professional atmosphere.

There’s a misconception that you always need to wear suits button-downs whenever you are representing your company. Although you should have some formal attire, your outfits should be ones that radiate professionalism that you also are comfortable wearing.

Don’t Live on Electronics

In an age of smartphones, tablets and laptops, it can be hard to find moments in life where you don’t feel obligated to be trapped in screen.

Not only can too much screen time make it difficult for you to focus or even sleep, but if you are using them to hunt for jobs throughout the day you’re going to be upset by responses quicker than usual.

Take breaks from using your electronics and from using them to hunt for jobs.

Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Without a doubt the best thing you can do to maximize your chances of landing a job in this job climate is to hire a professional resume writer.

Professional resume writers create resumes that are made to catch the eyes of hiring managers and get people job interviews. Click the above link for a free consultation with a professional resume writer.

Ask for Opportunity

A lot of us think that we need to only find opportunity through the traditional means of sending job applications in response to job postings. This is not the case.

You can find jobs by asking your network if they have any available opportunities. This is a good way to get ahead of job postings or to even find jobs that the company wasn’t planning on posting.

Be Grateful

Your manners and your attitude are what speak volumes of who you are as a person and as a worker. A great way to show that you have a good attitude is to be grateful. Say thank you in your emails and show your appreciation to others for helping you out.

This good behavior will make an impact on all aspects of your life.

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How to Balance Full-Time Work and Full-Time School

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Working and Going to School: Can You do Both?

During my senior year of college, I was taking five courses, I was the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper and I was working 40 hours a week.

From personal experience, I can honestly say that working full-time and going to school full-time is difficult, but it is also entirely possible. Whether you are a current college student who wants to get a job, or a current employee who wants to go back to school, this is possible! Keep in mind that this balancing act is not for the faint of heart. You will also struggle maintaining a personal life amidst all of this. It is possible to have it all, but if you don’t have the ability to make cope with the stress of everything, this course is not for you.

Don’t Make a Stupid Schedule

You need to make sure that you can be an effective student as well as an effective employee. If you build your schedule so that you have no time to get to class or work on time and fresh, this won’t be sustainable.

Before you start your new job, let them know what days you need off in order to attend your packed class days. This probably means that you are going to have to work weekends. You also need to structure your course schedule so that on days where you don’t work, you attend class. You will inevitably have some days that overlap. Try to put all of your classes either in the morning or at night depending on whether or not you work day or night shifts.

After a week with this schedule, start looking for the holes in it. If you don’t have time to get to work or school freshly dressed and showered, or if you aren’t getting the sleep you need, this is not sustainable and you need to reorganize your day to make it work.

Don’t Allow Yourself to Procrastinate

Look, you’re going to be busy and you’re going to need downtime, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid getting your work and school work done. Part of having strong emotional IQ at work is learning how to schedule breaks while still remaining productive.

If you struggle with procrastination, there are a ton of tools online that can help you kick it to the curb. Heck, even the timer on your smartphone can help you set short breaks without diving into full procrastination.

Prioritize Your Harder Courses

During my last semester of college, I had two classes that were very difficult and three that I could have done in my sleep. This was the case with almost every semester of my college career.

The reality is that you need to decide for yourself which courses are going to require more of your time. If you are a math wiz, but you can’t pass a composition course to save your life, devote some of the time you’d spend on your math class into your composition course.

This way if you are forced to miss one of your classes during the week, you know which one will make the smallest impact.

Know When It’s Time to Lighten Your Load

When your grades start to slip or your work output starts to diminish, you know that it might be time to start lightening your load. There is no shame in not being able to balance all of this because it is not for everyone.

If this happens to you, consider cutting your hours at work back to part time. If that isn’t an option for you, then you need to consider dropping a course or two. Remember, it’s better to drop one course than to fail two.

If You Can Make it Happen, Apply for Jobs With a Winning Resume

The ambition and desire to make this happen is half the battle. If you want to make it work and are willing to put the effort in, you can make it happen.

If you’re ready to start looking for work, make sure you are sending a resume that works! Professional resume writers have the ability to make a resume that gets attention. Your resume will stop a hiring manager in their tracks, and get you the interviews you’ve been craving.

Click here to set up a free consultation with a professional resume writer, and get your future started today!

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How to Manage a Job Search and Family Life

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Tips For the Job Hunt If You Have a Family

Looking for a job can be hard; looking for a job while balancing life with your family can be impossible.

If you go into the job hunt blindly, you are likely to not only not find a job, but also you are going to take time away from your family. If you are looking for a job, but don’t want to compromise your family in the process, follow these steps to make life easier for you and your family.

Make a Plan of Attack

Before you just start throwing out job applications willy nilly, ask yourself what kind of job and working environment you want. You may want to work remotely. You may want to consider a different career path.

Whatever it may be, if you make your plan now, you will save you and your family time as you won’t be figuring all of this out in the midst of your job search.

If you are already working, talk to your boss about whether or not your job can change to fit your new needs. If it can, you don’t need to continue your job search!

Hire a Professional Resume Writer

Before you go any further, you need to make sure that your resume is up to par. You need to have a resume that is gone over with a fine-tooth comb so that you can maximize your chances of landing a job!

A professional resume writer is just the person for the job! To speak with one, click here and you can schedule a free consultation.

Cast a Wide Net

Now that you have a plan, it’s time to start applying. Get on job search sites like LinkedIn and Indeed and start sending out applications for what interests you. Send them out to as many as you can find.

The more companies that get resumes, the better your chances are of getting feedback!

When It’s Time For an Interview, Start Small!

During your job interview, you shouldn’t bring up your family life and your needs as they relate to having a family. Telling them about your family might spook them and make them think that this job will consistently play second fiddle.

You also shouldn’t make demands as they relate to your family needs too quick either. Once you get a job offer, you can start to make some more pressing demands, but for now, start small!

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What Hiring Managers Want From You in an Interview

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Things to Remember During Your Interview

Jobs interviews can be a bit intimidating.

You have one part of your brain telling you not to get over excited, and one part of you saying that you need to show that you’re passionate.

There are several things that hiring managers want to hear and see from you during an interview that you can work on with friends and family members prior to your interview.

If you need help prepping for interviews, click the following link for a crash course in job interviews. In the meantime, work on these qualities so that hiring managers know you’re the person for the job!

Openness to Change

Especially during the pandemic, there are so many new factors to consider when applying for jobs.

There’s always a chance that a job will go back and forth between being remote and being in-office. There’s also a chance that you may end up needing to move for the job, or even learn some new skills in general. Make sure you let them know that you are flexible and open to whatever changes are necessary to get the job done!

Likability

Nobody wants to work with a jerk. During your interview, make sure that you are both polite and professional. If it boils down to you and one other person getting a job, but you were impolite during your interview, the hiring manager may be likely to hire the other person because they were more polite during their interview. This can also be the case even if they you are more qualified than them.

Make sure that you are kind during your interview, and thank them for the opportunity to speak with them. Also, be social! If you can spend a few minutes having a casual conversation with them about something non-work related, you will make yourself memorable!

If you end up working for this hiring manager, they are going to be spending so much of their time with you, so make sure they know that you are a job to be around.

Knowledge

Take a look at the job description for this position. Look at all of the requirements for the job. From there, think of a story relating to each requirement that shows how you know what you’re doing in that field.

It’s one thing to say that you know what you’re doing, but if you can tell a story that gives the hiring manager and example of how you know how to do that job, you’re sure to impress them.

Ambition

Hiring managers want to know that you have goals for yourself in your career. When you’re asked where you see yourself in five years, show that you’ve put some thought into your future.

Give reasonable goals that you have set yourself, and explain how you are working to obtain those goals.

Proactivity

Don’t go into the interview without knowledge of the company, or a list of questions that you want to ask.

You need to show that you care about the job enough to do some research on what they do. Show that you have an understand of how they operate, and explain some of your thoughts for if/when you would start working.

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Should You Go Back to School?

Things to Consider Before Going Back to School

Deciding whether or not to go back to school will set the tone for the rest of your life, for better or worse.

Going back could lead to you taking the next steps in your career, and finding the job you were destined to have. It could also plunge you into student debt and end with you landing another dead-end job to pay the bills.

If you are considering going back to school, take a look at these tips before making any final decisions.

Decide What You Want to Do and Whether College Will Get You There

Think about what you want to end up doing in life. If the end goal is just to make money, college isn’t necessarily going to be the road to that future. However, if you have a passion for something and a higher education could pave the way to that future, than it just might be.

Sit down with some friends and family members and chart out where you want to be in the next five years and the steps that can lead you there.

Do You Have the Time and Money?

College is not cheap.

If you are looking o go back to school, you need to realize that you are going to be forking over some serious money to make that happen. Even if you go to a public college in your own state, you will still pay nearly $10,000 on average per year.

Even if you can afford to make college happen, ask yourself if you have the time to do it. Remember, if your degree is going to take 120 credit hours, you will basically be a student full-time. If there are other things in your life that require a lot of your time such as a job or family obligations, this might not be the time to go back.

Is College the Best Learning Environment for You?

Think about the times in your life where you learned the best. Ask yourself how the information was delivered to you that made it easier to retain.

A lot of people need hands-on experience in order to best figure out how to retain important information. Unfortunately, very few of your classes are going to give you hands-on experience. Even if you are able to work your way to a passing grade, there’s still a chance that you won’t retain any of the information that was taught to you.

 

 

 

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