Congratulations on completing a week of shutdown. What a week!
I was on back-to-back virtual meetings via FaceTime, Google Hangout, Zoom with smatterings of phone calls, and conversations over texts, and checked Facebook and Instagram first thing in the morning to see who had birthdays and wish them a happy one, and in the early evening to stay in touch and like pictures and posts. I noticed a fair number of posts that joked about how there’s no need to color one’s hair since no one would notice, or referred to pajamas as work-from-home attire, or indicated there’s no need to upgrade a wardrobe since there’s no one to impress. Have to admit, they gave me a chuckle or two, but it also got me thinking. All joking aside, if you are a job seeker, or if you’re working from home, how you dress and look will have an impact on how you feel about yourself. Working independently on your job search and working remotely does mean you have someone to notice and impress.
Y O U !!!
You are important. You are impressive and deserve notice. It’s OK to like your friends and family, social media posts and tweets, but like yourself too.
Exercise and get those endorphins going! If you go outside, just keep that 6 foot distance between you and another person.If you choose to hunker down, you can stretch, do situps, crunches, and planks, and you don’t have to subscribe to fancy and expensive Zoom yoga classes. You can find plenty of self-proclaimed exercise gurus that would only be glad to have you view and like their DIY exercise youtube videos.
Get dressed! (take a shower first please) Yes that’s right, get dressed for your job search. In case you haven’t noticed that’s work too. A lot of work.
The proactive bird gets the worm. Did another interview get cancelled? Take the initiative and suggest an interview via Facetime, Google Hangout, or Zoom. Don’t know how to operate Google Hangout, or do you need to setup a Zoom account? Take advantage of the time now to learn, so you’re all set to go tomorrow.
Above all, R-E-S-P-E-C-T yourself!