Soft skills are in demand on the job market with around 1.5 million entry-level jobs available now in the U.S., according to LinkedIn. Job openings are found in different industries ranging from retail and transportation to IT and software companies.
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COVID-19 has forced many employees to work from home for the first time in their lives.
Now, as companies are putting together plans to slowly reopen their offices, some employees may be wondering how they can continue working from home.
Be Prepared To Talk About Productivity<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NjY3Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5ODAyMDMyNH0.ahvnWyLy9WnfzuKnnmBXCWHyaqEehyxIg6ATY3y2obg/img.jpg?width=980" id="3d04f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="00a1197a40f9eaa77c6f0c62d846bcbc" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Businessman works on his daily work tasks, while taking care of his child." /><p>Businesses want to be efficient and profitable, so they expect a certain amount of productivity from employees. When you ask to work from home permanently, the first two things your manager will want to know is why and how it will impact your productivity.<br></p><p>The "why" could be for a host of reasons—better work-life balance, flexibility, and to reduce commute time, to name just a few. In asking "why," managers just want to make sure you're not losing interest in your job or the company. Ultimately it's the question about <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/working-from-home-tips-coronavirus" target="_blank">productivity that will carry the most weight.</a></p><p>If you've been working from home the past few months because of COVID-19, you're fortunate in the fact that you'll be able to have concrete examples of what your work from home production looks like. Be prepared with specific examples of how you not only met production goals, but exceeded them.</p><p><strong>If a manager sees that an employee is not only meeting their goals while working from home, but exceeding them, it not only strengthens that employee's case for working from home, but it could change the manager's entire outlook on remote work policies.</strong></p>
Work Out An Agreeable Schedule<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NjcxNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MTkzMzQ3Mn0.QmpHiprY-vyAeaXpeP1vXPfPV8Wv36nesKX-O4MpmyY/img.jpg?width=980" id="4d525" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2ded41a3de97bc4191e014278fc0e885" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Remote worker goes over her schedule for the week during a call with her boss." /><p>While the reasons employees want to work from home more may vary, schedule flexibility is usually near the top. This is understandable! Life is not "one size fits all." People need flexible work schedules to take care of their families and themselves.<br></p><p>If you're going to take advantage of this flexibility, you need to communicate with your manager on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis on what hours you're going to be working and how you can be reached. </p><p><strong>It's important to remember that flexibility works both ways.</strong></p><p>There could be occasions when your manager needs you to be available during certain hours, or may even need you to come into the office for a company-wide meeting or initiative. Both sides should be open to some give and take.</p>
Make A Plan To Be Seen And Heard<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3NjYxNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MDU3ODYzM30.0j41Iw6SbFOLu7XbT-12JzeDm9C4iMile04p09iy-JM/img.jpg?width=980" id="02c7a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="237e1b2614b1c699a7e64e1283fd9ad2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Remote worker has a daily meeting with her co-workers." /><p><strong>Working remotely doesn't mean you should be out of sight, out of mind. In fact, you need to be as engaged as ever.</strong><br></p><p>Coming up with a strong communication plan is a good place to start. Plan out how many video meetings you think you'll need to have on a weekly basis with co-workers and supervisors to discuss tasks, long-term projects, and strategy. You should also be active in group chats and Slack groups.</p><p>While communication flow may change on a weekly basis, a good rule of thumb is to never go a day without talking to someone.</p><p><strong>In addition to building a strong communication plan, tell your boss how you will continue to add value to the workforce.</strong></p><p>Are you one of the first employees to go remote permanently? Perhaps you can lead the way in shaping the policies and the remote work community that will allow your co-workers to work from home.</p><p>If you're joining an already established remote workforce, pitch ideas on how to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/fun-activities-for-remote-employees" target="_blank">promote camaraderie</a> within the remote workforce and between the remote workforce and the office.</p><p><strong>Being active like this not only keeps you engaged, but it positions you as a leader.</strong></p>
Show A Willingness To Be Patient<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI3Njc1NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNTM0OTQxN30.xK5IkFTgRAYb1a0GukHghuwQj1LKHfvUx5XxXC_QzBw/img.jpg?width=980" id="4144e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e69d43f73139e0950ba174062d734f73" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Remote businesswoman takes a break from her daily routine." /><p>You know what they say about the best-laid plans?</p><p>Work from home plans may hit some speed bumps along the way, so don't be afraid to make adjustments or try new things. What you learn can also be important lessons for the company.</p><p>You may also find that over a longer period of time, working from home permanently isn't the right fit for you. That doesn't mean you were wrong for trying it. Every unique experience helps you grow as an employee.</p><p><strong>Ultimately, if you want to be successful at working from home it will take a combination of patience, flexibility, and good communication.</strong></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Looking for practical career advice? Check out the <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957" target="_blank">"JT Talks Jobs"</a> podcast!</strong></p><p>Join <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">Work It Daily</a> today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!</p>
Some people have lost their jobs, or seen them change significantly as a result of COVID-19.
When the crisis abates, whether temporary or permanently, one thing is for certain: the workplace will change!
Focus On Employee Well-Being<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE1NTgwOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjU0Nzc3Mn0.ZTXUqNcmJ7GR7fUIJUpnj5AEK7cnBtdYyUVQUlGNdA4/img.jpg?width=980" id="de579" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="08debe83697b329ad029242076fc39ef" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional uses a mobile app to mediate while on a break from work." /><p>Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, there was already a growing trend of employers putting extra focus on <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/mental-health-benefits-for-employees" target="_self">employee well-being and mental health</a>, and that will need to continue in its aftermath.<br></p><p>There are both small and large steps that companies can take to invest more in employee well-being. Some companies offer employees free subscriptions to Headspace, an app that focuses on guided meditation and healthy lifestyles. There are also several other mobile apps that focus on mental well-being.</p><p>Some companies have altered their employee benefit packages to include a certain amount of counseling sessions and telemedicine options. It's also likely that companies will take a closer look at sick time policies, based on <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/what-businesses-can-learn-covid-19" target="_self">lessons learned from COVID-19.</a></p><p>The coronavirus pandemic has been stressful, and stress affects everyone differently. That stress may still be evident as people return to work, and it will be important to be mindful of that.</p>
Continue To Be Flexible<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE1NTgxMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzA3Mzk5MX0.aX1LK0xIzU9e1LVkf_cy7F4rtQNQr9fJ_5zRdYQWC0k/img.jpg?width=980" id="4a909" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="807dfefed0796cdf50af5326e1292ee1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional works remotely." /><p>How people return to work following COVID-19 is a bit of a mystery at the moment. It's possible businesses that are able to do work remotely may ask employees to continue to work from home.</p><p>In some cases, businesses may have only a small number of employees return to office and keep the rest of the workforce remote. As far as long-term impacts, some businesses may fall in love with the remote workforce setup and decide to give up their offices and save on their real estate costs.</p><p><strong>Whatever the case, businesses should continue to allow remote work flexibility, and even improve their remote work infrastructure.</strong><br></p><p>Some employees won't be comfortable returning to work initially and will want to continue working remotely, and with the uncertainty about future coronavirus outbreaks, it only makes sense to have a strong remote work structure in place. In addition, when companies start to hire again, remote work flexibility also makes companies extra attractive to top talent.</p><p>Now that more companies have adapted to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/remote-work-on-the-rise" target="_blank">remote work</a>, it would be silly to go backwards. </p>
Better Communication Is Essential<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE1NTgxMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MDEyMzgzMX0.1cooRknR7r_Lo6eTh-JyfXpU7_DowG4lKGLdPA9uzjo/img.jpg?width=980" id="3053f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="eb90225227014603781086e32efe9fab" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Business manager holds a team meeting to discuss changes in the workplace." /><p>With all the changes taking place as a result of coronavirus and mass layoffs, it's as important as ever to keep employees in the loop.<br></p><p>Employees may be concerned about their futures at the company or changes to their jobs. Share what information you can with employees, and share the information often.</p><p>The combination of changes from the coronavirus and the stress that comes with it will make much of the workforce uneasy at first.</p><p><strong>Transparency will not only help ease some of these concerns, but it makes for a healthier workplace overall.</strong> </p><p>There are still a lot of questions about what the impact of coronavirus will be in the coming months, and maybe years, so chances are companies will have to continue to make decisions on the fly. The more employees are involved in these changes, the more comfortable they'll be with them.</p><p><br></p><p>Has the coronavirus negatively impacted your career? <strong>Work It Daily can help!</strong></p><p>Whether you're looking to make a career change or grow your career, Work It Daily's <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">career growth club</a> is the place for you. Join today and have access to <strong>one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities!</strong></p><br><p>Also, if you've recently been laid off, fired, or furloughed, check out our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-get-job-laid-off/" target="_blank" style="">FREE layoff checklist and masterclass</a> to learn what you need to do in order to get back on your feet as soon as possible.</p><p><br></p>
Looking for a job has become relatively tough for many people. Even some professionals with advanced academic qualifications, such as bachelor's degrees and even MBAs, are currently having a rough time on the market. However, there are still plenty of jobs out there for the right candidates.
1. Communication<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNzg1Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NzE0MTc5OH0.Uql8QXclKHL0iWnh4idHhVSukzWRTGcvzLX-mJxumXw/img.jpg?width=980" id="02006" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d1e6762841e3db0d0aa8d1655bedfecc" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two professionals with good communication skills" /><p>In almost every career, from banking to the hospitality industry, good communication skills are vital. As such, it would be to your advantage if you have the ability to articulate your ideas in writing as well as orally. Since communication normally involves more than one party, you should be a good listener as well.</p><p>Employers often look for people who can communicate with co-workers effectively and in an objective manner.</p><p><strong>Don't know your workplace communication style? Take our <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/st/isat" target="_blank">FREE quiz</a> today!</strong></p>
2. Analytical Skills<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNzg2NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjAyMTYyM30.IfQ8JPdgl_8bGgrvyXonnE9t2wdlY5X8tyYG8Ph6CI4/img.jpg?width=980" id="ca52e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="813a6d313bd0a6da347edbff5523d71f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman uses her analytical skills on the job" /><p>This is a vital skill in almost every field of work mainly because the majority of businesses generate revenue by solving problems that clients face daily.</p><p>For example, cloud-computing companies provide data storage solutions, thereby ensuring that their clients have a backup of data stored on-site. Employees can access company data on the go knowing they have secure storage for their information. In such an environment, analytical skills are likely to come in handy when clients face problems such as uploading data or updating certain files. To solve those issues, one would have to identify and define the problem's parameters.</p><p>This skill also involves collecting and analyzing data in order to design <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/benefits-of-hiring-creative-employees" target="_blank">creative solutions</a> to complex problems.</p>
3. Leadership<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNzg2Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTY1NTE0NH0.gIP_ADx8x_zXdpA1il9PryPmA6ZB2rxJky-QVyAuP10/img.jpg?width=980" id="c84d6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5bf0d1bff43de2b4ef65753990606c1d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man displays leadership skills at work" /><p>Most organizations and business enterprises employ more than one employee. Because of this, it may not be possible to have all the employees in <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/resume-for-leadership-position" target="_blank">leadership positions</a>. Therefore, a few employees who show the ability to lead generally take charge of the others.</p><p>Leadership is all about motivating fellow employees and leading them to work toward a common goal. In addition, leaders analyze tasks and set priorities for the other employees as well as identify and allocate resources that employees need.</p>
4. Information Management Skills<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNzg2Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTAyNDAyM30.4C7ejtXxHVK9-hmCKQ6jJWVCHbJFGQ_TFPkmKTuTYQQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="b7da6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="77de3cea68e3d48128cfcc935bce0e14" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman uses her data and information management skills at work" /><p>Traditionally, businesses kept a few records such as sales, purchases, and salaries in-house. In most cases, this data was no more than a few gigabytes. However, the emergence of <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/social-media-in-hiring-process" target="_blank">social media</a>, adoption of e-commerce by consumers, and the large number of data points generated by businesses and corporations has upended the traditional model of managing information. As a result, most employers need employees who can sort and present data objects in an understandable manner.</p><p>Information management also involves evaluating and synthesizing information against industry standards. Industries where you can apply this skill set include finance, education, manufacturing, and print media.</p>
5. Project Management<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ad424975c024fe064bbab8b1b54baff5"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BWPePhbYo-s?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Project managers are in high demand in many industries. Your work as a project manager will involve planning projects, assessing potential risks associated with the project, allocating project finances appropriately, and overseeing the execution of the project on time.</p><p>You can use this transferable skill in industries such as education, energy, consulting, and even the military. </p>
Whether it's the current coronavirus pandemic or a personal crisis, there are times when your career is the last thing on your mind. But, it is possible to maintain focus on your career while dealing with a crisis.