Finding a new job is hard work. Finding one during the winter months? That’s even more challenging. The changing weather, shortened days and stress of the holiday season can be physically and mentally draining under normal circumstances. To top it all off this year, job seekers also need to factor in an unpredictable economy hit hard by COVID-19 that changes the hiring outlook almost daily. Taken all together, these factors may make for the most challenging time to search for a job in recent memory. If you’re preparing for a winter pandemic job search, consider taking these steps to keep yourself motivated and improve your chances of landing a new job – even as the temperatures drop and the fight against COVID-19 continues.
Create a Motivating Workspace
While offices across the United States transition many employees to work-from-home roles due to safety concerns, hiring is increasingly happening from the comfort of home offices. Job seekers are now being asked to participate in virtual interviews, rather than meeting hiring managers in offices for face-to-face meetings.
The fact of the matter is that you’ll probably be spending a lot of time applying and interviewing from your home workspace, whether that be a home office, an extra bedroom or the kitchen table. With that in mind, it’s important to create a space that will be comfortable and functional.
Here are some things to keep in mind when setting up your workspace:
- Use a chair that will keep you comfortable and supported throughout your job search.
- Test the wi-fi signal strength from your workspace location to ensure a strong connection during video interviews.
- Turn on your camera to see what others will see before your next job interview. Now’s the time to remove anything that might distract your interview, like that pile of dirty clothes or rogue childrens’ toys.
- What does your space sound like? Make sure it’s quiet enough for you to focus on the work of job searching, as well as not draw attention away from your responses during a virtual interview.
- Invest in items that will keep you organized and motivated. Never underestimate the power of a good filing cabinet or a desk trinket that puts a smile on your face!
Connect with Your Network
Even if we’re staying safe by staying home, there are still opportunities to stay connected to your network! Not only can talking with others improve your mood during the dreary days of winter, but it can also provide valuable insights into the current job market and available opportunity. Now’s the perfect time to send an email or connect on LinkedIn with people in your professional orbit. Instead of meeting up for coffee or lunch in person, consider setting a time for a video chat. It’s also a great idea to share your application materials, like your most recent resume, with people you trust within your professional network for their feedback.
Learn More About Your Personality
Want to know a secret about finding a job you love? It’s just as important to know what motivates you at work as it is to know what drives the companies that are hiring. By reflecting on your soft skills and personal preferences, you’ll be able to spend less time applying for jobs that won’t be the right fit for you and more time focusing on the right opportunities. Long winter days are great opportunities to take advantage of free soft skills assessments, like Talentoday’s MyPrint®. This scientifically questionnaire takes less than a half hour to complete and helps job seekers explore their individual personality and motivations – especially at work.
The hard work associated with searching for a job, winter season stressors and COVID-19 concerns can turn out to be a draining combination this year. Don’t forget to find ways to get up, get moving and stay active during your winter pandemic job search. This could be as simple as taking a walk around the block, running a few laps up and down your staircase or taking some time to clear your mind with a little living room yoga. Whatever you need to reset and reenergize safely, take the time for selfcare.
In a typical year, the stress of searching for work gets amplified during the winter months. Unfortunately, 2020 has been anything but typical. This could mean an even more challenging few months ahead for job seekers. Be prepared for your winter pandemic job search by planning ahead!
If you need help finding the right fit for your career this winter, Medix is here to help! Check out our careers page to connect with our team of recruiters today. Click here to get started.