Yes, your technical abilities matter a lot when you’re looking for a job, but how much thought have you given to your soft skills? While soft skills can’t be measured in the same way that “hard skills” (think: reading comprehension and math skills) can, but research has shown that many employers actually care even more about those soft skills like communication, adaptability, and problem solving.
With so many of us sheltering in place, video meetings, classes, appointments, and even social gatherings and worship have replaced face-to-face interactions. While these platforms (most frequently Zoom) are incredibly useful, prolonged time spent in front of the screen can have its problems. For example, it may leave us feeling empty and exhausted—physically and emotionally—especially because the brain has to work so much harder to process information. Sound familiar?
Job seeking is stressful under normal circumstances, but looking for a job during a global pandemic is even more so. It’s more important than ever to be aware of how hiring technology (think AI resume reviewers and online assessments) works and how to make it work for you so your application doesn’t get sorted into an automatic “no” pile.
If you’re starting a new job where you’re working remotely, you still want to make a positive impression on your team. Yes, there will be those onboarding video chats and calls, but once your training is over, then what? When working remotely, it’s especially important that you connect with colleagues and are strategic about communication and workflow.
There are lots of reasons we may be better suited to certain jobs over others, and one big factor is whether we consider ourselves an introvert or an extrovert. For example, introverts may be attracted to creative or highly technical jobs, whereas extroverts may thrive in a fast-paced environment where the landscape is continuously evolving or where they may be part of a team on a day to day basis.
Whether you are among the many people laid off or affected by the uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus outbreak or have been wanting to find a new job since before the pandemic, there are adjustments to make in your approach—and your mindset. For this Career Contessa article, writer Ellen French spoke to three recruiters to get their insight on how to proceed during this time.
Whether you’re a regular ham or super camera-shy, with so many of us practicing social distancing and staying home to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, video interviews are going to be the new norm for the time being. It’s important to prepare yourself by making sure you’ve got the set-up you need, the proper tech, and a plan to handle potential mishaps.
With the Coronavirus causing so many people to work from home, it’s making it necessary to adjust our daily habits. Even for those accustomed to working remotely, they may find it difficult to get used to the presence of partners, roommates, and children. There are tons of potential distractions to prepare for. Plus, you also want to feel as on track and connected as possible.
Laughter is great medicine during times of stress.
Meeting deadlines on time is a major part of being successful in school and work. However, it can be challenging to do so, especially if you’re juggling a lot. This article from Monster contributor Daniel Bortz shares simple strategies to help you meet your deadlines with ease.
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