With the millions of qualified, experienced individuals in the job market, sometimes a college degree just isn't enough to land you the dream job. Yes, college may give us tools and courses to help push through some applicant pools, but there are several lessons we've learned solely from career coaches that'll guarantee success in the job search.
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As states across the country begin to re-open public spaces, many employees will be heading back into the office. For some, this may be great news, but for others, days working from the comfort of home will be missed.
Wear A Mask<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQxNzQzMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTE1ODA1Mn0.3UtCKjbgluky8jDvRUo_KO5NHNy79VEOacPQzble4gw/img.jpg?width=980" id="25a71" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="24c7dd3021d93a22b6a5d846cd7557bf" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="An office wears masks during COVID-19 after going back to work" /><p>Yes, we know, it's not necessarily comfortable or chic to wear a mask. However, wearing masks is one of the best ways currently known to protect ourselves from COVID-19 transmission. There are many ways to make mask-wearing more ideal including purchasing masks in cute prints or styles and reusing them to avoid excessive waste.</p> <p>As tempting as it is, avoid taking your mask off while you're alone at your desk. You can still be infected by people walking by or even those at desks next to you. Keep it on all day and enjoy the sweet relief of taking your mask off in the car!</p>
Social Distance In The Office<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkzMDg5Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjMzMzYyMX0.Hv4b1cBRJVIspIEeyv80CBRk__-Gnk5FMta8zEd9lu4/img.jpg?width=980" id="5c7e1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0ccf28a75e1d681a03108739560a0e7d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Close-knit meetings like this will be a thing of the past for a little while." /><p>Offices are likely going to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/workplace-changes-after-covid-19" target="_blank">look very different!</a></p><p>Most employers should have taken the liberty to spread desks six-feet apart and to "social distance proof" the office as well as possible. If your employer did not do this, kindly suggest it to them or work among your co-workers to spread out in the office. Returning to work in close quarters is not ideal for your health and safety.</p><p>Sadly, this means you may not be able to sit a foot apart from your office bestie, but six feet will have to do for the time being.</p>
Make Hand Sanitizer Your New Best Friend<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQxNDUwMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzkxNjAyNn0.R71KwAchSIDPYRSqLy49jjinaOfdAWLWPx3IdHJ5aEs/img.jpg?width=980" id="bbb31" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e62c211c4102ea5ba7e04eb8f83afab9" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A young professional uses hand sanitizer." /><p>Travel-size hand sanitizers should have a new home in your work bag. Make sure you use your new friend after touching any surfaces, using communal equipment, or using the restroom. Let this be your reminder to hunt around your house for extra hand sanitizers.</p><p>Having a few on hand at all times will be a lifesaver in the coming months. Your co-workers may even be thrilled that you have extra to spare! <strong>Just make sure <em>you </em>squeeze it into their hands to avoid spreading germs.</strong></p>
Continue Social Distancing Outside of Work<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQxNzI1NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNDI5MDI0MH0.KZv3RCb4Bfar2XqtEWuygsRz3RYEDy0QBbbZ3HdLNwg/img.jpg?width=980" id="918a0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="376d1562b2bf1c18e9cb6df86e722004" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two friends read in the park while social distancing." /><p>Returning to your office will make you feel as though things in your life are returning to normal. This sense of normalcy may tempt you to socialize and hit the town in a non-social-distancing manner. We recommend avoiding the temptation to jump back into large groups of people, especially in public settings.</p><p><strong>Maintaining social distancing outside of the workplace will be crucial in protecting the health of you and your co-workers.</strong> Imagine if one of your co-workers irresponsibly socializes, contracts COVID-19, and then spreads it to the rest of the office. You wouldn't be too thrilled, huh? Do it for each other!</p><p><br></p><p>As you return to working as normal, things <em>will </em>feel different. Remember to protect yourself and those around you. Let's all do our part to ensure health and safety in the workplace from here on out!</p><p>It's also important for employers to remember that this is a stressful time for employees, and that they should be especially attuned to their <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/workplace-after-covid-19" target="_blank">employees' needs.</a></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Do you want to join our career growth club?</strong></p><p>Work It Daily has a team of trained career support specialists that will work one-on-one with you to come up with a specialized plan to help you. All of our memberships offer private one-on-one coaching along with unlimited networking potential, and a library of exclusive career courses. Additionally, you'll also receive unlimited resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews by our trained specialists as part of your membership.</p><p><strong><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">Join Work It Daily today!</a></strong><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank"></a></p>
When looking to take the next step in your career or leaping into a new one, it's important to have solid references who can attest to your talents and work ethic.
How Recent Is Your Relationship?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwNDkyMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNjgxMzY5M30.S3UirXi--Q3KZGJGeaJIjQsE49otp3hc5Iu3A5kffXw/img.jpg?width=1200&coordinates=0%2C504%2C0%2C504&height=600" id="b1a81" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="630199ad80514a9fc7f51b4e7469feb4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two former colleagues chat." />Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash<p>Although your 2nd grade teacher always had a soft spot for you and still likes every one of your Facebook posts, he or she may not be the best person to list as a reference. Yes, they may have glowing things to say about you, but can they really attest to the wonderful person you are today or do they just know your 8-year-old self? </p><p><span></span><strong>Try to list people who you've had a positive relationship with recently. Whether that's your last employer, supervisor, or mentor, make sure your references are up-to-date and can vouch for the person you are today.</strong></p><p><strong></strong>When considering your most recent references, start by going back two years and work from there.</p>
Are You Proud Of The Work You Did With/For Them?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM5Nzg5MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMTY2NTU4OH0.e8tHNJqtOffQJQPKXkauB0UEuf1oOn8S9Itk760o7_Y/img.jpg?width=1200&coordinates=0%2C75%2C0%2C75&height=600" id="9db6c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7a5291643061723d9bfecc84eb3c4779" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional works outside." /><p>Yes, it is important for your references to be people you've had a recent relationship with. However, you do not need to use your most recent employer or supervisor if you aren't completely proud of the work you did for them or the company.</p><p>Not every working relationship or employment will be something you want to bring into your next role—and that's okay! <strong>If the work you did with or for someone or their company is not something you are happy to show off then don't use that individual as a reference.</strong></p><p><strong></strong>Your references should be people you are comfortable with and you know will have great things to say about your work. Your references are another avenue for a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-connect-with-employers" target="_blank">potential employer</a> to see the value you can add to their company.</p>
Have You Changed Since You Worked With Your Potential Reference?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwNDkyNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzI4NTc2Mn0.d6h0MISDVRHRLFQVkMD12MJ1Z7Ol32e_ETwHWZD05jI/img.jpg?width=1200&coordinates=0%2C356%2C0%2C356&height=600" id="76c69" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0890ed1319fddf205e756d4a4088743d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professionals work in a common space." />Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash<p>When a person who you worked closely with writes you a reference, or is called upon to give one, they will be speaking about their specific experiences with you. Assuming that those experiences were largely good, however, leads to more specific questions. Upon choosing a more recent reference, the question of how you've changed is of less importance. </p><p><strong>However, you should always take stock of how you've grown as a person and as a colleague since you've last worked with your reference. </strong>Ask yourself if you still stand by the majority of choices you made during this past job. And ask if you did well according to both the standards of your past work environment, or, more importantly, your own. Hindsight is 20/20.</p><p>If you don't necessarily approach your job in the same way that you would have in the past, that's not a bad thing. As we grow as people, we can better understand our career paths. That being said, it creates disconnect to depict yourself as one kind of worker, and then have that depiction undermined by your own reference.<br></p>
Is The Work You’ve Done Relevant To The Work You Want To Do?<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE0NzAzMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMzQ0MjQ2OX0.E2oK-5-c0JdGxqBC6ZlufZ6JO9OyzIzXm5S4ektJ6rg/img.jpg?width=1200&coordinates=0%2C75%2C0%2C75&height=600" id="43495" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8686ea4f5131029b4f4a670daaa80bd1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Businesswoman keeps track of daily tasks." /><p>Over the course of your life, it is likely that you may pursue a <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-change-careers-free-guide/" target="_blank">career change</a>, and that's not necessarily a negative shift. Still, when asking for a reference, you should consider whether or not that reference is actually relevant. If the job you did with this person was in the field you are still interested in, then the likelihood of relevance is probably high.</p><p>Maybe you do not have a reference in the specific area you are currently looking for a job in, though. If this is the case, then acknowledge which skills and responsibilities are necessary for the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/apply-for-job-not-qualified-for" target="_blank">job that you are applying for</a>. If you've gained relevant skills in a past job within a separate field, a reference from that job could still be valuable to your future employer. </p><p><strong>Your reference should be able to speak on your abilities.</strong> If their experiences with you cannot speak to your abilities in a way that suits the job you're pursuing, then it may be counterproductive. Instead, figure out what qualifies you for your next job, and then choose your references based on how you gained those qualifications.<br></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p>Asking former co-workers and employers to support your job search is never the easiest thing in the world, nor might it be a priority. Nonetheless, preparing each material necessary is the first step in achieving your dream job. And references are a part of that. So, before jumping in, take careful thought to who best contributes to the conversation regarding your past.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Eager for more advice? Join the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/career-advice-newsletter/particle-3" target="_self">Work It Daily Newsletter</a> to keep yourself updated on workplace trends and career growth guidance.</strong></p>
Most everybody has seen their office shift from plastic chairs and fluorescent lights to the desk two feet from their bed. Effectively mastering this transition can be a difficult task.
Develop A Workout Routine<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM4NTE0Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1OTUyMjY5M30.Zgf1d0cyUsd_6QTXRCU0yxvauqCZf3gaROJ1m5RuA30/img.jpg?width=980" id="323bf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8b57326d6fb5bceae98bc3422a4d2c57" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional does a workout from home." />Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash<p>Whether you're a tried and true morning exerciser or you prefer moving your body at night, developing some form of a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/quick-and-easy-home-workout" target="_blank">workout routine</a> is vital for a healthy work-from-home lifestyle. When sitting at a desk all day, you may notice that your energy levels deplete as the day progresses. </p><p><strong>Working out, at any time of day, can be great for boosting those energy levels and keeping you efficient throughout the work day.</strong> Also, don't forget to take short stretching breaks, especially for your neck and back.<br></p>
Meal Prep<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM4NTA2Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NDkyMjMyN30.KqyfXmzxZNfvoDYUexuGkGQVy-usn4yA0q0paZGUtSg/img.jpg?width=980" id="54148" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a89bdb991897bb2e72c5aea64ab89ab5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Good meal prep is a popular way to stay in shape while working from home." />Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash<p>Although meal prepping often sounds like a daunting task, taking the extra time to cook, prepare, and plan meals for the week will save you a lot of time and energy later on. <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-meal-prep-for-work" target="_blank">Meal prepping</a>, especially on the weekends, can be a lifesaver as work from the week begins to pile up.</p><p>Meal prepping is also a great way to ensure that you have healthy meals ready-to-go to fuel your body and mind during work days. <strong>An added bonus of meal prepping is that it can help curb unnecessary snacking throughout the day—hallelujah!</strong><br></p>
Regulate Screen Time<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM4NTExNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjIxMDA3MH0.B0Ew-G_tSSXkjn9QGzyny5uXweGSpFXEDn6A2CbV1Zs/img.jpg?width=980" id="ce587" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0c682418747a3734fd9f2a3a11471da6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional read a book during a break from her remote job." />Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash<p>Most remote jobs mean a lot of screen time, which could lead to unwanted headaches and a foggy mind. So, when possible, take short breaks to give your eyes a rest. Take a few minutes to look out the window, read a couple pages in a book, or even close your eyes for a quick mental rest. <br></p><p>Blue-light glasses, which block the harmful blue light of screens from your eyes, can also be a smart investment when working from home. Also, consider putting your phone and computer down during your lunch break for a true rest for your eyes and mind. </p>
Connect With Coworkers<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM4NTE0OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNDIyOTM2NH0.PYqSPt2iExJCaPMOphKcJUNXjsWDDqgRiOEyaQeEHVQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="80eb6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="59a5b2ee130423bf4a63ec864fe9a6fd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional waves to c-workers during a Zoom meeting." />Photo by Ryan Mendoza on Unsplash<p>Sadly for extroverts and maybe happily for introverts, remote work can make it very difficult to socialize and make friends with co-workers. However, connecting socially is crucial for our mental health. <br></p><p>Although it may take more thought and effort, take the time to have <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/fun-activities-for-remote-employees" target="_blank">weekly happy hour Zoom calls</a>, send a friendly "have a great day'' text, or start an office book club. We promise it'll be worth it!</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Looking for a job? We can help!</strong> Join our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">career growth club</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><p><br></p>
Perhaps you've found your dream job opportunity, but you aren't quite ready to apply yet. Your resume still needs updating and you're not sure where to start.