June is Pride Month, and like everything else in the age of COVID-19, we are celebrating a little differently than we usually do. Instead of attending a parade, or enjoying a festival with several thousand of your closest friends, celebrations this year have been postponed or moved to the virtual realm. Just three months ago, the idea that we would be watching a screen instead of being in a sea of revelers was unthinkable, but this is the reality we all live in. Yet, even with the limitations, Pride Month 2020 is more welcome, and relevant, than it has ever been before.
In just a few days in March 2020, working remotely became a reality for tens of millions of employees around the world. Companies that had been debating whether to allow employees to work from home suddenly had little choice due to Coronavirus. Nearly overnight, 62% of employed workers were remote, doubling the remote workforce almost instantly.
Now that working remotely is a larger part of the employment landscape, how will it impact the future of work? Below we preview some likely possibilities:
One of the keys to a successful job interview is to keep things positive. You have a limited amount of time to impress your Hiring Manager and want to keep the conversation focused on why you’re the right person for the job. One way to stay away from negativity is to frame your answers in a positive way, turning a potential weakness into a strength. To do this, you can anticipate certain questions and be prepared for them. If you think you’ll be asked, you probably will. Here are three likely questions you can prepare for:
Q: “Tell me what you didn’t like about your last position?”
Answering this question can be tricky on two fronts. First, it can bring up challenges that you found with the job, which could expose potential weaknesses. Secondly, this can be an opportunity to speak negatively of your old company and/or manager, which you should never do during an interview. To answer this question in a positive way focus on how potential issues helped you grow, and give a few examples in the process.
Example answer: “There wasn’t anything I didn’t like, only challenges and obstacles. I enjoy working with others to solve challenges and overcome obstacles. Let me tell you about a couple we tackled together…”
Q: Could you tell me about this gap in employment?
Hiring Managers want to see growth over your job history, so having a gap in employment presents an opportunity to talk about what you achieved outside of the office. This is your time to highlight volunteering, education, growth, etc.
Example answer: “While displaced from working in my preferred field I spent time volunteering, furthering my education and pursuing personal improvement. I grew from that time and it made me a better person and a more valuable employee.”
Q: Tell me about a time you disagreed with a peer, how did you resolve that conflict?
Coworkers disagree from time to time. Choose an example that illustrates your patience, listening skills, and ability to find constructive resolution.
Example answer: “I’m not sure the person I disagreed with even realized we disagreed. I spent most of the time asking my peer why they felt so strongly. I let them speak the majority of time, did not interrupt, remained patient and calm, and validated their opinions. After they finished I calmly and simply stated my opinion and we came quickly to a reasonable compromise.”
This technique can be used for nearly every interview question, and is particularly helpful for questions containing negative connotations. Using this technique will increase your chances of getting the job. Talking negatively about your previous employer, gaps in your employment, or conflict resolution will decrease your chances of getting the job.
As we deal with an economy that seems to get more challenging every day, the question on many job seekers minds is a fairly simple one: is this the right time to search, and apply for a job?
The answer, unequivocally, is yes.
Do you feel like worktime is blurring into personal time? While you may like the idea of skipping the commute and working in sweats, for those new to working from home, it can be a culture shock not to have a clear distinction between work and home. If left unchecked, not having a defined work life separation can lead to burnout. Luckily, there are ways to make sure your work life doesn’t become your entire life:
Networking has always been a vital aspect of your job search, and recent events have made it even more important. Studies have shown that up to 85% of all jobs are found by networking. With companies needing to fill a variety of open positions in the near future, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those around you to get a jump on these opportunities. Here are four tips for using online networking to find your next job:
Virtual interviews are on the rise, and with more and more companies adopting them as a common part of their selection process, you can expect it to become an integral part of your job search. While there are plenty of similarities between the in-person and online versions, acing a virtual interview does take some prep. Here are a few tips:
One of the best things about working from home is that you get to make your workspace your own. No more dank cubicle or foot traffic that eats into your day, you can choose where you work and how you work. So, what goes into a good workspace? Here are a few good tips:
Looking for a new job can feel like a full time job in itself. Like any job, you can only commit so much time to the grind before you start feeling burnt out. Job searches are full of time-wasting activities that can bring you down, so here are three of the biggest to avoid — and what you should do instead: