Coronavirus – it’s all the buzz these days, isn’t it friends? As this is all unfolding in real-time, I decided to interrupt our normal schedule and bring you an episode all about Coronavirus: How it Could Disrupt Your Work and Job Search. This was nowhere in the plans for any of us, was it? But here we are. So let’s talk about how this is affecting our jobs, job searches, and career and life in general.
What We’re Talking About
- Fear vs. Proactivity
- Job Search Impact
- Work From Home Tips
- What to do with Downtime
Fear vs. Proactivity
To start — I am all about being proactive. Not fear-mongering. Not being a doomsday prepper. Let’s be thoughtful, let’s think through this, and be purposeful. There are so many fear-based narratives in the media right now and our world. (Can we talk about the TP issue?!)
Here’s the truth: fear doesn’t solve problems. Fear leads to irrational decision making that is harmful. In all areas of life. Is the information you’re ingesting leading to wise decisions or fear-based decisions? You aren’t helping anyone by obsessively worrying. And just because you aren’t worried, doesn’t mean you don’t care.
Some Bible verses that help me to stay grounded and not fearful:
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Luke 12:25
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Today I am NOT fear-mongering. I am NOT talking about applying to all the jobs because you’re going to get laid off. I AM going to talk about the things you can control, the things that will help you get through this. Whether looking for a job or not. If you’re fearful about job security. And some tips to get through day-to-day work from home.
Trust in the things you can control.
Surrender the things you can’t.
JOB SEARCH IMPACTS
Some things we need to expect here are a slowing down of hiring, potential layoffs, continuing job searching, and a move to video interviews.
- Slowing down of hiring
- United Airlines has halted all nonessential hires
- Others will likely do this, especially in travel industry
- Be prepared for layoffs
- SWOT Analysis
- Look at if COVID-19 is an Opportunity or Threat for your company
- Where does your company fall?
- And then where do YOU fall within the company?
- We are not in a full-blown recession, but you can see the panic in the market
- Look at your marketing materials and get some things in order if your company is in a “threat” place and/or if you are a non-essential role. And it never hurts to be prepared!
- If it is helpful to you to be proactive:
- SWOT Analysis
- KEEP GOING WITH YOUR SEARCH AND NETWORKING
- Don’t let the momentum slow down
- Keep making moves, even if they’re small
- Some recruiters are leaning into this while people they’re recruiting are at home more
- Don’t be surprised if you don’t here a ton back – we’re all distracted!
- How to do Video Interviews
- Take it just as seriously as in-person interview
- Environmental Factors
- No pajamas on bottom, fancy on top – dress up all the way! Put the shoes on!
- Home Office – set it up
- Print out the JD and your resume
- Have a notebook
- Make sure you don’t have a zillion programs running
- CLEAR THE ROOM + CLEAR THE SPACE and set up ways to mitigate distractions
- Get comfortable with the technology
- Body Language
- Maintain eye contact
- Check your posture!
- Practice! Grab your friend or spouse who are also working from home and practice with them!
Work From Home (WFH) TIPS
I asked my LinkedIn folks for their best tips on this. You’ll find even more over there! Are we connected on LinkedIn? If not, come find me there to see even more of these tips and all I share there for your career.
- Get clear on expectations from the team
- When should team be on or offline? If you’re a manager, tell your team what your expectations are. If you aren’t, find out what your manager’s expectations are.
- Take breaks!
- Don’t cross-pollinate your spaces
- Eat lunch away from your home office
- Give yourself an end time
- Get dressed! For me, this includes getting a shower, doing my hair, dressing up, and having my coffee.
- Create a routine
- Get Face Time interaction with coworkers – maybe for lunch, send a nice email, send a selfie of your WFH space
WHAT TO DO WITH THE DOWNTIME
Rather than getting cabin fever, let’s look at this time period as an opportunity to take a break from the massive hustle. Take this opportunity as permission to take a mini-sabbatical and frame it as a gift, as a fun thing! Or use it as a productive time to work on the projects you never have time for!
- Enjoy the (forced) rest
- Think of it as a mini-sabbatical
- Make a bucket list
- Read that book you wanted to – some fun books I love
- Start writing that book!
- Start your side hustle
Other thoughts around fear:
- Limit your news intake
- Read the headlines from the positive spin
- I saw an article about a couple that was on the Princess Cruise Ship - older couple - they made it home healthy and whole!
- Remember, the media is a BILLION dollar industry. And what they are banking on? Your captive attention.
- Think about the motivations
- Don’t give into the fear spiral!
- Give yourself permission to take a social media detox
- See if there are ways to support your local business owners
- Positive Facebook post that is circulating but not enough:
I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing.
Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.
Our children will thank us for it.
And lastly: PEOPLE. STOP BUYING ALL THE TOILET PAPER...
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Coronavirus: What To Do If You’re Worried About a Layoff
March 18, 2020