Even before the pandemic changed the professional landscape, remote work was an increasingly common part of the business world. Technological advancements made it possible for employees to stay connected and contribute remotely, and a growing number of employers recognized the value of offering employees more flexibility and, ultimately, a better work/life balance to expand their candidate pools and keep their employees productive and engaged. Kitchen tables transformed into makeshift workspaces and in-person meetings gave way to tele- and video-conferencing. Similarly, finding a job has taken on a virtual component.
If you’re one of the millions of people who are searching for a new opportunity right now, you have probably noticed that the process is decidedly different from the last time you were in the job market you were. Most likely, you are already were familiar with the protocols of emailing your resume and portfolio, searching through online job sites, and being mindful of paying close attention to your social media footprint. Now, however, it is common to go through the entire interview, offer and negotiation processes without ever meeting to anyone from the potential employer anyone in-person. In fact, some organizations even are on boarding new employees remotely, as well. This is more convenient in numerous ways, but it also comes with a new set of challenges and requires more self-motivation and diligence than ever before. .
Many professionals can thrive no matter what regardless of the environment, but others are more comfortable when they have clearly delineated boundaries between work and home. Remote working of any kind blurs these lines and makes it more difficult for some to shift gears. Just like working from home, this is why sticking committing to a routine during your remote job search is key. This might mean include setting attainable goals such as updating your resume by a specific date or applying to a certain number of opportunities each day. This will allow, you too can overcome avoid procrastination falling into bad habits and avoid or feeling overwhelmed.
At times like these, having a strong professional network of professionals in your fields also now more important than ever becomes even more important. With so much of the business world shifting to flexible remote work environments arrangements, the opportunity for impromptu or everyday networking has suddenly disappeared. Conversely, this also means the people in your circle may become more accessible through emails, phone calls and social media. Be sure to keep in touch with them on a regular basis — whether it’s a friendly email asking for advice insight or a virtual coffee break to discuss industry trends happenings.
For these and other tips you can use to stay focused and be successful with your job hunt –, even while you’re stuck at home –, see the accompanying infographic. It provides hints and reminders that can help you find success when navigating the virtual waters of the current labor market.
Infographic provided by The Jacobson Group