Organizations, big and small, are learning new ways to work virtually, furlough staff, hire and onboard during this time. The word on the street is that hiring has not stopped, it’s just being done differently – through a camera lens rather than face-to-face.
Following are five common career questions we are asked in our complimentary “Ask A Career Coach” webinars.
1. I’ve been temporarily laid off. I like my job, but I need income for now and unemployment is not enough. Will my employer see it as disloyal if I look for other work?
There is no harm in needing to make a living. Most employers will certainly understand if you take a “temporary” role. First, reach out to your current employer and share the situation. Your current employer will receive a notice if you accept temporary work elsewhere. You do not want them to believe that your temporary role is nothing more than temporary. Be advised that your current unemployment may stop once you start that temporary role.
2. I’m currently adding to my education through several on-line certificate programs. How should I reflect these on my resume?
It would be best to include them with your education credentials. In addition, add them to your accomplishment statements illustrating how you have or will use them in the future. Results sell. If you have not had the opportunity to really use them, it is still wise to add them to your credentials. Also include the dates of the recent certifications. This illustrates you are a learner and willing to do more with your career.
3. How do career coaches charge for their services?
Many will charge by the hour but often have select programs that are of a better benefit to the client. It’s difficult to offer much help to a client in one hour. Often a client will need career direction. That takes a thorough assessment. A client may need help with preparing for interviews. When working with a coach be sure to ask questions before signing up for services and know what will be delivered. A written letter of agreement with an outline of services and costs is best for you and the coach. If the coach does not offer a letter with details, you may want to look for another coach.
4. Is anyone, besides delivery services and grocery stories, hiring during this time of social distancing?
Yes. Many organizations have not stopped hiring unless they have had to lay off many employees. Even then, as employees are laid off and exit, employers often find they cut too deep. They either recall or start a new search. If you have a specific organization where you want to work, use your network to reach out to people who work within and ask them for advice. How did you get hired? What do you like about your job? Do you have any advice for someone like me who is interested in pursuing a role in the organization? Since we are on pause it is usually easier to reach out to people who are now more accessible. Most people are very willing to help. Be cautious. Do not ask them for a job unless they can hire you. This approach can put people off since the help you need, they cannot deliver. Everyone can provide Advice, help and information. Ask!
5. I’ve applied to over 100 hundred job postings and received only one phone interview. I’m frustrated. What might I do differently?
The sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results! Start with a fresh approach. How do people really get jobs?? Most professionals are hired through word-of-mouth, almost 80%. They have been referred by someone who knows the hiring manager. People like to hire people who are referred since them are somewhat pre-screened. Most job seekers remain hidden secrets. Employers do not even know they are looking. With employers potentially receiving hundreds of resumes from a posting, most resume are never read or reviewed. Establish a network and begin to reach out to let those folks know you are available!
If you have more specific, personal career questions, please join our next Ask A Career Coach session, Or, reach out directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our coaches are available for you. We’re here to help, guide and direct.
Wishing you good health, both physically and mentally,