If we are honest, events that involve unprecedented circumstances teach us things that we do not want to learn:
- Setbacks are inevitable and inevitable
- The crisis shows who we are and what we are prepared for
- We are forced to accept what we have been avoiding for years
I saw this when a young man named Joey contacted me a few weeks ago about his work situation. He was looking for work and was able to sign a four-month employment contract through a few email messages and some time on the phone. He did this without another agency interfering and according to the mandates to stay at home.
To follow the hiring process, he needed to learn how to scan work documents on his phone, interview via Skype and Zoom (with various companies), and work with IT to install the company’s VPN software. In the past, he would have let the geek force or his thirteen-year-old son do it for him.
In the past there was a formal interview, hiring and induction process. Instead, there were phone calls, online reviews, and a meeting.
With 30 million people submitting unemployment tests, the rest of us! A rule of thumb for me: offer the help and patience that I want to receive if I lose my job. It is not 2008 with one 10% unemployment rate. To a certain extent and to loosely quote U2, we have to carry each other.
The now that is essential for your adaptation of the new standard is to understand what will happen next.
The following are my ideas of how our lives will change:
1. Prepare the house for remote work
2. Adaptation to constant text and voice communication
3. Privacy and online authenticity decisions
4. Data protection for you and your work product
5. Your online network is your most important bridge to career advancement
6. Your references are important (they also change)
7. New basic values will emerge
9. You may need a mentor now more than ever
10. Video is the new call
11. You will fail if you are not an eternal learner
11. Are you the epitome of your resume?
Those who go to work physically need to digitize their efforts. The early and fastest worm uses its cell phones as a workspace and its primary job search tool. After realizing that he needed to control his career, Joey first learned how to scan, use videos frequently, and excessively communicated his efforts to follow the application process.
Earlier this week, I received a message from James starting a new job three weeks ago. He was on leave because several people were confirmed by COVID-19. The building was closed except for the security guard, who dismissed the employees. James sounded discouraged and wondered what to do.
I paused before giving advice in response. I was more interested in what James felt than giving him advice. I immediately called him for the text and after 15 minutes of listening I decided to offer NO help.
Sometimes quick advice nourishes panic. I heard through James’ tone, not through words, was a problem. Conversely, it helps not to seek advice after a shock like the one he received this morning.
I will advise James to do this this week:
-Check your financial stability
– Talk to HR. You may still have some advantages while on vacation, even if you are no longer on the payroll. The benefits often start after 90 days, but lead the conversation.
– Use temporary employment agencies
– Have daily conversations with people on your network
-The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is helpful for low-income people to get vocational training. Depending on your income, you can qualify.
I also think it is important to encourage job seekers and not to burden their fears with “or other” advice. It is time for moderate sound and not reactionary and sometimes full of fear. I think it is best to respond quickly to unemployment, but only when that person is in the clear.
James will be ready to do other work in the next day or two. He was told that it would take two weeks before they could get back to work. James doesn’t have a PTO (Personal Time Off). He cannot think sentimentally that they will call him to work. If so, great. If not, he is unemployed.
I advised him to pretend he was unemployed and would start looking again. If you’ve followed me for a while, you should never stop looking. Never. There will always be a crisis that indirectly affects you or someone in your family.
You want three things to be true about you:
- You have created a more agile career.
- You will endure industry crises.
- You can adapt seamlessly to changing technologies.
Even if you need help with these things, you have started preparing before you need them.
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