The News Tribune : 2020-07-12

Television & Features : 26 : 6C

Television & Features

JULY 12 6C ..................................................................................... THE NEWS TRIBUNE SUNDAY 2020 J bs. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISIN­G SECTION thenewstri­ YOUR SOURCE FOR EMPLOYMENT, REAL ESTATE, AUTOMOTIVE & MERCHANDIS­E How to balance work with children at home distance learning platforms for school-aged children? The same technology that’s keeping you productive can engage your kids, too. to manage kids and daily work responsibi­lities, here are a few tips to get you on the right track. like napping when kids nap, or taking downtime to be with kids while they’re awake and catching up on work “after hours.” Decide what will work best for you and your family, and make sure to communicat­e your needs to your boss and coworkers. for flexibilit­y and patience. Establish boundaries and working hours, as well as ideal times for certain activities. If you’re co-parenting – or have a spouse or partner at home – coordinate schedules and availabili­ty. BY NADIA HILL CareerBuil­der W SET A ROUTINE orking from home has its benefits — and a steep learning curve, especially if you’re not used to it. Add in the fact that many schools across the U.S. are closed due to COVID-19 and parents are juggling education and employment, and day-to-day life starts to quickly become overwhelmi­ng. If you’ve been fortunate enough to bring an office job home amid the coronaviru­s pandemic, and you’re struggling Kids are unpredicta­ble, and your teachers and daycare providers are superheroe­s for mega multi-tasking. Take a page from their books and set routines and structure throughout the day. Try to keep things as normal as possible, like making lunches the night before or covering certain subjects in similar environmen­ts, to benefit your kids and give you parameters for planning your day. Your “structure” might look KNOW WHEN TO LOG OFF Set an “end of day” for everyone. Kids have bedtime and adults need to stick to their schedules. In this strange new reality, it’s important to separate work and school from family life, home activities and down time. Play outside, follow a workout video, cook dinner, take a bath or whatever works for your family to leave work “at” work and focus on each other. BE HONEST TECH TOOLS AREN’T JUST FOR WORK What was “typical” for you two or three weeks ago likely doesn’t exist anymore. While you might not always be keen to share your personal details with your boss or coworkers, it’s time for everyone to adjust to a new normal. Let everyone know that you have kids at home and ask As happy hours and special events take over Zoom, use these platforms to help entertain or educate your kids. Are family members available via video tools to read to your children during certain times or a big meeting? Are there e-learning or 10 things experts say you should do to standout in your job search here and now, but [also] focus [on the] future of the organizati­on. They demonstrat­e their focus by being able to share what they believe they can contribute to the company within the next two to five years based on what they have learned about the organizati­on through the investor meetings, news, company PR releases, etc.” your triumphs and what you learned along the way. Show them you are creative, innovative and unique!” — Jason Siegel, director of accounting and finance and health care revenue recruiting at LaSalle Network BY MARY LORENZ CareerBuil­der I 3. Customize your resume or applicatio­n so it aligns with the job posting — Deborah Murray, senior recruitmen­t consultant at Evolution Recruitmen­t Solutions f you’ve been applying to a number of jobs with little luck, it could be that your resume is getting lost in the pack of the seemingly countless other applicants you’re competing with. That’s why it’s all the more important to find ways to distinguis­h yourself in a compelling way. So, we asked recruitmen­t and career experts what makes one candidate stand out over the others — here’s what they said. 6. Show how you can solve a problem for the company “I think it’s beneficial when an applicant takes the time to utilize the verbiage that is in the job posting in their resume or applicatio­n. It shows the recruiter that you paid close attention to the requiremen­ts and related those requiremen­ts to what you did at your current or past employer. Recruiters don’t have a lot of time to read through profiles, so when we see that the candidate’s skill sets align with the job requiremen­ts, it makes us stop and check that candidate out!” “Find a problem or opportunit­y that directly affects the company you are applying [to]. Create a blog post specifical­ly outlining how to solve the problem or how to take advantage of the opportunit­y. Clearly outline the steps the company should take. Then instead of posting it as a blog post, paste it into an email and send it to the person in charge of hiring. Attach a resume, but the resume should just end up being a footnote to the email/blog post.” — Krishna Powell, principal, HR 4 Your Small Biz 9. Be prepared to discuss salary “I know we’ve only just met, but get comfortabl­e with the salary conversati­on. I’m going to ask you two questions: ‘Where are you at currently for salary?’ and ‘Where do you want to be in your next role?’ Get comfortabl­e. Be specific on those two numbers.” 1. Do your homework “It’s a breath of fresh air to speak with a candidate who has done a bit of research on our company’s history and culture. I appreciate someone who has taken the time to craft their resume specific to the opportunit­y they’ve shown interest in and not just submit a genericall­y compiled list of tasks. It shows a recruiter you’re not just interested in a job, but a career with us. This stands out better than any gimmick.” — Christina McPhee, operations recruiter, Oldcastle — Sheila Musgrove, CEO and founder of TAG Recruitmen­t Group Inc. and author of “Hired!” 4. Project the right attitude — Carrie Wood, chief marketing officer, Lease Ref “Every legitimate candidate will have a well-establishe­d resume. However, to see the charisma and positive energy that an eager candidate carries with him [or her] is a game-changer. On numerous occasions, I have opted to recruit an employee with marginally less experience but with a better drive and passion than another candidate. Some people might question how it is possible to fake an eager attitude, if that’s what it takes to get hired. The answer is simple: You simply cannot.” 7. Give the company a taste of the work you’d do if you were hired 10. Focus on accomplish­ments and results more than skills “[Take the] initiative to show them what having you as an employee would be like. For example, if you are applying for a marketing position you could write up an outline of a marketing plan for their last product launch. For a public relations position you could craft a press release and outreach strategy for one of their newer products. Impress them not only with your initiative, but also with how serious you are about working for them.” “Often job applicants put the focus on their skills and their previous positions. The problem with this is that if almost every other applicant approaches it the same way, then there’s little chance of any applicatio­ns rising to the top of the pile. A good way to stand out is to make your accomplish­ments front and center. When focusing on accomplish­ments, be specific: How much money did you earn for your company? How much did you save? How many people did you manage? What products did you launch? What programs did you implement? Once you’ve listed your accomplish­ments, then support them with skills and positions.” — Michael Dobreski, corporate recruiter, Oldcastle - Architectu­ral Products Group 2. Provide a link to your online portfolio or social media profiles “Provide recruiters and hiring managers with all the informatio­n they need upfront by including a link to your [social media] profile on your resume. There are also options available for housing an online portfolio with past work experience, all of your social media accounts, as well as a resume. An page or a personal website are great options for this. This may seem obvious, but clean up your social media presence before sharing links to it.” — Trent Silver, CEO of and millennial career coach 5. Put your personalit­y on display in a positive way — Michele Mavi, resident career expert at Atrium Staffing 8. Show what you can do for the company in the long term “Maintain eye contact, don’t fidget and just be yourself. Most companies hire for your personalit­y — not the long list of skills on your [resume]. Be enthusiast­ic, talk about your ideas, “I want people who aren’t afraid of the tactical work, but [who also have] a strategic mind. They understand the — Trevor Simm, founder and president of OpalStaff and Talos Solutions PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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