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Preparing for the Post-Pandemic World of Work

There are few people who would deny that the COVID19 pandemic has changed our lives in dramatic and profound ways. One of those changes in particular is in the employment sector. I am deeply saddened by the millions of people who have been forced to file for unemployment as a direct result of this pandemic.

As one who works in workforce development, this area is of great concern to me. One thing I feel very strongly about is that the post-pandemic world of work is going to change in dramatic ways, primarily in the telecommute space. The ways in which many businesses have had to adapt and change the way they do business along with the work from home explosion that this pandemic caused will have enduring effects on business and the workforce.

Remote collaboration services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack to name a few already existed, however, their growth exploded exponentially after the pandemic hit, and they have now become regular tools in a wide variety of industries. The benefits of working from home are now being experienced by a wider number of employees and employers alike, and things will never be the same. Just a few of these benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Flexibility for employees leading to better employee satisfaction
  • Increased productivity
  • Cost savings in building expenses
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced use of gas and commuting fees
  • Benefits to the environment

I am convinced that after experiencing these benefits, more employees will request (and more companies will adapt) telecommuting aka, working from home as a standard way of operating. I seems the 3:2 (3 days home, 2 days on site) ratio is the sweet spot. Individuals entering the workforce will have to be prepared for this.

Low-income and underserved populations who often lack the tools and skills required for these changes need to be prepared for this. At the Greater Paterson OIC, we are adapting our workforce training programs to better prepare our students for this new world of work.

In addition to learning how to use the technology tools required for this new world, we are developing ways to build the “soft skills” that employers will be looking for. Some of the skills we think are important include:

  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Literacy and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Literacy
  • Time Management and Task Prioritization
  • Verbal and Written Communication Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration

We are excited about the challenges that lie before us in empowering our students to be ready to succeed in this new world in both their personal and professional lives. We all have to prepare ourselves for the new experiences and new ways of doing things. This is just one of the steps we are taking. I am certain that this is just the start. Adapt a growth mindset and get ready to roll.

Getting Interview Ready Men vs. Women

Men

  1. Dress appropriate for the position you are applying for.
  2. A fitted suit is always a safe option.
    • It shows that you are serious no matter the task of the business.
  3. Avoid loud colors.
    • Employers want to hear you, not your clothes.
  4. Don’t overuse your cologne.
    • Axe is not having an interview you are.
  5. A fresh haircut is a suggestion but not always necessary.
  6. Don’t smoke before an interview.
  7. A simple collar-shirt is also a good choice for a interview.
  8. Clean nails.
    • Even if the job doesn’t involve you working with your hands, clean nails are a must.
  9. Wear black socks that cover your ankles if you cross your legs.
  10. Casual jewelry.
    • A watch is fine, but earrings and expensive things should be worn after you get the job.
  11. If you don’t have an iron, hang your clothes in the bathroom while you take a steaming shower it will get all of the wrinkles.
  12. If you have a choice in when you like to interview pick a time around 10:30am.
    • The morning rush has slowed down and the employer is eager for lunch.
  13. Sit up straight.
  14. Try not to use too many hand motions.
  15. Smile big but not too big.
  16. Shake the employers hand firmly before the interview and after while thanking them for their time.
  17. To be a boss you have to dress like a boss!

Women

  1. Dress appropriate for the position you are applying for.
  2. A fitted suit is always a safe option.
    • A skirt or pants is suitable.
  3. Avoid loud colors.
    • Employers want to hear you, not your clothes.
  4. Don’t overuse your perfume.
    • Victoria’s secret perfume is not having an interview you are
  5. Hair should be pulled back or neatly done.
  6. Don’t smoke before an interview.
  7. Makeup should be a neutral shade.
    • Anything on your face that you have to question is not appropriate.
  8. Clean nails.
    • No bright colors or chipped polish.
  9. Heels should be below five inches.
    • No open toed heels or open back.
  10. Stocking hose should be your skin tone.
  11. Casual jewelry.
    • A necklace is fine, but earrings and expensive things can be worn after you get the job.
  12. If you don’t have an iron, spray your clothes with hair spray.
  13. If you have a choice in when you like to interview pick a time around 10:30am.
    • The morning rush has slowed down and the employer is eager for lunch.
  14. Sit up straight.
  15. Try not to use too many hand motion.
  16. Shake the employers hand firmly before the interview and after while thanking them for their time.
  17. To be a boss you have to dress like a boss!

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