Guest blog by Eleanor Wyatt, Remote Work Wellness
As a digital nomad, have you lost your work-from-home career during the coronavirus pandemic? As difficult as this time may be, there are some things you can do to find new remote work. And who knows, maybe you will stumble across work that you enjoy more than what you used to do!
To help you find remote work, transition to a new career, and get all the tools you need in these uncertain times, Performance Works offers the following resources to consider.
Implement a Plan
It can be easy to fall into the trap of staying in your PJs all day and watching TV. However, while it might be a few weeks before you land anything, having a plan in place can help you stay at the top of your game:
- Add structure, like filing for unemployment and having a job search schedule
- Turn to LinkedIn to make a more compelling profile
- Reach out to your network to let them know you’re searching for employment
- Go after future goals. Want to start a business? Start learning the ropes with these resources – Creating a business plan. Deciding what to sell.
- If your home doesn’t accommodate your goals for starting a business, look into how much you can spend and find a place that’s more accommodating.
- Incorporate a positive daily practice like meditation, exercise, journaling, or reading
Finding Remote Work
While starting with job boards is your best, consider some of the many companies that are currently hiring. Even if you land a part-time role, it could be a great launching pad for you to move to full-time. Several major companies hiring remote workers right now include:
- Facebook, which plans to hire an additional 10,000 employees
- Varsity Tutors, which expects to hire 10,000 instructors
- Zoom Video and Slack, and both continue to add new jobs every day
Use Keywords to Help Your Resume and Cover Letter Stand Out
In addition to underscoring your experience and skills, you want to help your soft skills to stand out. This shows potential employers you are comfortable making decisions and working well with others. Show off some of your top qualities by:
- Explaining how you applied courage with an experimental process
- Highlighting your openness and how you show compassion and handle failure
- Providing a situation where your integrity shined
- Offering up an instance where you remained vigilant as you watched a project unfold
To ensure you’re ready to go when that job lands in your lap, you need to be completely prepared on multiple levels. Having structure and tech in place shows potential employers you understand how to maximize productivity and take care of yourself. Things to consider:
- Remove distractions
- Make sure all necessary tech is ready to go
- Accept the need to balance work and life
- Budget every minute of your work time
Just because you lost your job doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Use these resources to help you handle a career upset, find remote work, make your resume and cover letter shine, and be prepared for when you get hired. In no time, you could be on your way to a revitalized career!