Positive things candidates can do in our new world

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Positive things candidates can do in our new world

Here are some great proactive steps candidates can do during the Coronavirus outbreak. The tips below are provided by my favorite recruiting mentor, Greg Doersching, President, Next Level Exchange (Coaching).

Proactive steps candidates can take during this waiting period:

  • Work on any type of “learning” you’ve always meant to do but haven’t yet – (i.e., I’m going through the all of the “best ways to use LinkedIn” tutorials and putting those suggestions into play).
  • Get a valuable certification on a distance-based learning platform – make yourself more relevant for the future.
  • Do all of the “One of these days” projects you’ve had on your to-do list for months.
  • Study trends of the outbreak and how it is affecting your industry – what are the adverse effects and how could they be altered to be seen through a different lens? What insight can you bring to your industry?
  • Try to do something you enjoy every day for your self-care.
  • Focus on the future instead of dwelling in the present circumstances – resiliency is real!

If you are demonstrating to your employer that your “remote office” doesn’t mean a decrease in productivity:

  • This is a time when you have an opportunity as an employee to show your employer that you can step up to the plate in a big way. How you react during this time will speak volumes about what you are capable of bringing to the table in the future. Make sure you are communicating in the right way with your office during this time.
  • Here are some tips on how to impress your leader and coworkers:
    • Embrace your new normal and establish a routine that accommodates your new work environment.
    • Send someone a work email before your standard start time.
    • Pretend like you are going to the office – dress the same way, do your hair, etc.
    • Choose a dedicated workspace – a place you don’t associate with leisure time.
    • Log out of social media during work hours – schedule time in the evening to get caught up on current events.
    • If you don’t have it already set up, start Instant Messaging with coworkers so you can communicate little things quickly while feeling connected.
    • Communicate when you are “at work” with anyone who will be home with you.
    • Play music in the background while working that has a natural element to it that will boost your mood and focus (according to researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

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