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Managing stress during COVID-19

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Changing jobs can be one of the more stressful events in life, and combined with the COVID-19 outbreak, your stress level may be high. This is a time to take extra care of yourself. Everyone has different strategies.  We have a few suggestions below that may help you. 

While you may feel like putting your job search on hold, it’s important that you don’t. Many industries are hiring right now and it’s best to be prepared.

To manage your stress and build resilience, try these tips from the experts:

  • ExerciseGo for a walk or take time to exercise. Experts recommend at least 2.5 hours each week of moderate physical activity which releases “endorphins” that naturally make you feel better, feel less stressed and can help you sleep. Remember to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
  • Practice relaxation techniques – Try deep breathing, meditation or stretching. These can help activate what’s called your “parasympathetic” nervous system which relaxes your body and calms your mind. 
  • Get enough sleepSleep re-energizes the body’s cells, clears waste from the brain and supports learning and memory. Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Focus on the positive – Take a break from negative news and instead think about what you’re thankful for. According to research, this can reduce the stress hormone cortisol by 23% and improve your energy and mood and lower cortisol levels.
  • Stick to a routine – Create a daily routine which may include getting up at the same time daily, eating healthy meals, spending regular time on your job search, getting the right exercise and getting good sleep.

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Managing Stress, Productivity, and Connectivity During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 outbreak has been . . . . challenging.  As a part of NextJob’s Career Development work, we’d like to do what we can to help. We asked two of our experts to put together a 20-min webinar, now a recording that you can watch any time, on best practices for managing stress as well as staying productive and connected while working remotely. 

The video is designed for managers and employees and summarizes evidence-based research as well as trending best practices.

Leading the webinar are two of our subject matter experts:

  • Joan Runnheim Olson, Brain Success Coach and NextJob Career Coach – Joan has 22 years of experience coaching and leverages brain science with her coaching clients to address subjects such as managing stress. She has a certificate in Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health from The Neuroscience Academy.
  • Dixie Bullock, NextJob Coach Team Manager – Dixie brings a decade of experience as a virtual coach as well as her deep experience managing and optimizing the productivity and culture of a fully virtual team across seven states.

You can watch the full video (20 minutes) here:

Or if you aren’t working remotely and would still like to help your team manage stress, check out the shorter (9 minutes) version:

Or listen to the podcast version here.

The Value of Job Coaching

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The jobs landscape has changed significantly since January.  At the end of 2019 some states reported unemployment rates lower than 3.5%.   The BLS has seemingly unlimited resources on this topic.  During this time unemployment was so low that there were more jobs than there were people to fill them.  It was a job seekers’ market — job seekers frequently had multiple offers in front of them and they got to choose which position to take.  Prior to these (ultra) low unemployment rates hiring managers frequently had large pools of applicants.  This wasn’t the case.  That is until businesses and schools started temporarily closing due to COVID-19.

As the virus became a pandemic, the layoffs began.  Many of those vacant positions, that didn’t have enough viable candidates, disappeared.  Some of those jobs are now remote.  Employers that could shift to a remote workplace have.  But according to the US Census as of December 2019, only about 5% of employees work remotely.

There are two issues here.

  1. We have a vastly non-remote workforce who do not have the skillset required to work from their couch and still operate effectively.
  2. Many jobs are now advertised as remote, and with the growing pool of laid off job seekers, it becomes incredibly difficult to stand out in a crowd of otherwise fantastic candidates.  What used to be a local job may now be nationwide with remote work as a possibility.

A solution to bridging remote worker ability gap, and ensuring that you shine among the many other applicants?

Job coaches.  Check out our Coaching flyer.

Job coaches help build strategies to find employment.  Job coaches understand the intricacies of the job market.  Many job postings, as many as 60% are referred to as hidden.  They either aren’t posted publicly, or aren’t posted in places where the average job seeker can view them.  Coaches help develop the abilities to: apply for jobs, build effective resumes,  answer tough interview questions, stand out in a crowded field and ultimately be the best worker.

A job coach is your personal resource while you’re looking for your next job. NextJob coaches are job search experts who are also certified in coaching. They specialize in encouraging, motivating and acting as a sounding board for your thoughts and ideas while helping you develop your resume and prepare for interviews. NextJob coaches work at your pace and schedule to create the support that works best for your goals.

NextJob coaches can help you develop strategies for applying remotely, interviewing remotely, and then working remotely.

“I was in a pool of over 300 applicants and was able to make it through all the interviews and finally got the job. I believe my job coach was hugely responsible for that.”

– Everett, A no-longer job seeker who used NextJob.

“It’s like having a personal tutor that helps bring out the best in me and realizes I have a lot to offer in the work force.”

– Kathy, A no-longer job seeker who used NextJob.

 

 

Lender launches first-of-its-kind program to keep homeowners home

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Losing your job is tough.  It’s even tougher when you have a mortgage and you have no savings or other support system.  You may even risk losing your house.  With Haventree Bank, things are different:

According to The Globe and Mail* (Link Below), it doesn’t have to be that way.

“Haventree has launched a first-of-its-kind program in Canada called NextJob. Essentially, it is designed to help people who have lost their job find new work.”

Why would a bank pay for a borrower’s job seeker program?

  • This program creates positive word of mouth, good reviews, and referral business.
  • Customers helped by a business tend to stick around. “The average tenure of that customer increases when they go through NextJob,” Wilfred Pande, vice-president of mortgage servicing at Haventree That generates higher mortgage-renewal revenue.

  • It’s also a good way for Haventree to keep expenses down. “It helps us [economically] by having the customer stay in their homes.” That’s because of the many administrative costs of taking someone’s home, some of which are not recoverable.

  • There can be other financial benefits for a lender. A mortgage forbearance agreement, in which a lender agrees not to foreclose if the borrower meets the lender’s terms, could mean that the mortgage doesn’t show up in the lender’s bad loan statistics.

  • Plus, it’s the right thing to do!

Homeowner reemployment helps banks retain customers, build new relationships, and ultimately keep people in their homes.

How does it work?  Coaching, software, and webinars.

A Personal Trainer for Your Career

A job coach is like a personal trainer for your career. Your coach calls will help you:

  • Craft and fine tune a resume, 30 sec. commercial, social media profile, etc.
  • Choose a career direction to best tap their talents and background
  • Stay focused, accomplish goals and interview with confidence

 

All You Need to Know in One Spot, Online

Tools and exercises to help be prepared, including a resume builderIt takes a lot.   Job boards, social media sites, resumes . . . Our system gives you:

  • Today’s networking tricks to tap the 50% of jobs that are “hidden”
  • Guidance to the top job boards and how to use them

 

Downloadable Weekly Expert Webinars

Each week tune in to our JobTalk webinars for a deep dive in a key topic:

  • Hear experts discuss best practices and leading trends you need to know
  • Participate in group learning, share and hear from others
  • Download recordings to listen to on demand

 

 

*https://www.theglobeandmail.com/investing/personal-finance/household-finances/article-haventree-bank-launches-nextjob-program-for-homeowners-who-have-lost/

Get Ready for Your Next Job Interview

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Interviews can be stressful – but if you prepare well, they can be enjoyable. And when you prepare thoroughly for an interview, you’ll show the hiring manager that you’ll go the extra mile if you’re hired for the job.

Use these three tips to make the best impression at your next job interview:

  • Research the employer – Learn why the company may be a good fit for you before the interview. Use the employer’s website and internet searches to learn about the company, its history, locations, products and services. Look for recent company press releases and news articles.
  • Research your interviewer – Interviewers are more likely to hire someone who has something in common with them. Learn everything you can about the interviewer including their background, interests and mutual connections you may have. Use the power of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other networks to ask people in your network if they have any connections to the interviewer.
  • Practice your opening and close – People tend to remember the beginning and the end of a conversation. Practice what you’ll say at the start and end of your interview – in the mirror, with a friend or with a job coach – so those parts will go smoothly.