What changes in your job search during the Covid-19 crisis?

Behind each problem very often lies an opportunity that we can only see when we do not let fears and anxiety overwhelm us. Once we have secured that we comply to the directive of the local authorities, another priority, in this period of incertitude, is to take good care of our mental balance.
With more serenity it then becomes possible to identify what, during the COVID-19 crisis, is within your sphere of influence regarding your professional project objective.
Anything which is not within your sphere of influence is not worth overthinking, this would only be counterproductive and could jeopardize your efforts to remain mentally fit.
Here are some ideas about elements that are possibly in your sphere of influence despite the coronavirus crisis:
  • Nurture your employability, upgrade your professional profile by acquiring a new skill,
  • Strengthen your knowledge about trends and challenges in the industry you are targeting,
  • Upgrade your professional and personal branding,
  • Gain in personal awareness, know more about your competence and personality strengths
You might even discover that many elements are within your sphere of influence and might wonder what to prioritize. Depending on your personality and present needs, some of the below questions might help:
  • What would most help me feel good?
  • What would most certainly contribute to progress towards my professional objective?
  • What is easier to achieve?
By letting go on what is not within your sphere of influence, by identifying what is, you’ll become aware of adjustments you need to implement and will be in a better place to refocus your action plan and reconnect with a sense of progress.

3 tips to thrive during the Covid-19 crisis

We’re all facing a major crisis, at the humanity and society level, but also at the personal level. Very few amongst us had ever been in a situation where our personal life changed that much that fast.
The abundance of tips and recommendations currently shared in social media is a wonderful thing but could also be overwhelming at some point.

Here’s the question we asked ourselves as a team:
Additionally to the health recommendations and  stay-at-home instructions relayed by the Swiss Authorities, what are the 3 things we would  like to tell everyone thriving during the Covid19 crisis?”

Tip 1. Connect to the positive by implementing the gratitude routine.

Practicing gratitude flood your brain with feel-good chemicals like serotonin and train our mind to recognise what is positive in our day, whatever how the day was. A good time for a 5 minutes gratitude pause can be the evening but you can pick any time you prefer. It’s easy, it only takes to start mentally a sentence by “Today I am grateful for:” and to think about minimum 3 reasons. It can also be something you write down. Up to you.

Tip 2. Balance your emotional state by practicing cardiac coherence.

The cardiac coherence is a state of coherent heart rate variability that balances the nervous system and emotional state. The nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems are working efficiently and in harmony. Coherence is the basis of optimum performance and health in the human being. This can be attained through this 5-minutes breathing technique. Through a regular practice, it’s our entire body that finds a balance. The 5 minutes exercises are to be performed 3 times a day, each day, ideally every 5 hours. It’s easy to find tools to help you practice cardiac coherence, one is the app KARDIA.

Tip 3. Fill your sense of purpose and need for contacts by get involved in a (remote) collaborative activity.

Physical isolation does not necessarily mean not having contact with the outside world. A positive consequence of the Codiv19 crisis is that everybody is letting go on some of their usual activities, creating some space for new types of engagement and time for new connections. You may consider stepping into an existing group or association such as Here we are Switzerland, join a mastermind online group or a think-tank.

11 tips to well prepare your remote job interviews

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, most hiring managers and recruiters are now working from home, moreover, public interactions having to be maintained to the minimum, many face-to-face interviews will be replaced by video call interview.

Here is a range of 11 tips to help make your remote interview a success:

1- Make sure to use a room where you will not be disturbed (no kids around, a calm room, all social media/email/messaging notifications off) but in case you would be accidentally disturbed, do not feel too bad about it: in the current situation, we all know we are coping with a very extraordinary situation and we just do as good as we can.

2- Pay attention that whatever is in the background is neat and tidy.

3- Check the stability of your internet signal, whenever possible prefer a landline to Wi-fi or 4G.

4- Give yourself plenty of time to take/make the call – do not squeeze it between other commitments.

5- Eat something that bring you energy before the call.

6- Make sure you have everything ready within reach (job description when available, your CV, your agenda, a clock/watch, a notepad, your notes, a pen and a glass of water).

7- Install your computer so that the camera is at eye level (use a stable pile of books if needed).

8- Dress up exactly as you would have done if the interview would have been face to face.

9- Connect to the video call platform at least 10 min before and be ready to notify the recruiting party well in advance in case you’d be facing some connection issues.

10- Do not skip the small talk, it’s even more important to establish a good personal connection when you do not have the chance to meet physically.

11- During the interview, do not type your notes on the computer, it’s a disagreeable feeling to hear someone typing while you speak).

Advance-notice job vacancies

Following up on the February 2014 referendum against mass immigration, as of 1 July 2018, employers had to notify the Regional Employment Offices (RAVs/ORPs) vacancies in the types of occupations where the national unemployment rate is at least 8%.

On 1st January 2020, the unemployment rate value has been lowered to 5% and a new occupational nomenclature will be applied.

Employers submitted nearly 120,000 advertisements to the public employment service, i.e. a total of approximately 200,000 positions subject to the obligation to advertise.

The regional employment offices (RAVs/ORPs) have submitted at least one application in almost 55% of the 120,000 advertisements in total. Overall, some 195,000 job-seeker files were offered. In 91% of the cases, employers gave their opinion on the files submitted.

After analysis, it can be seen that more than 8% of the job advertisements for which the RAVs/ORPs proposed candidates resulted in at least one recruitment.

We can therefore estimate that, over a year, around 16’000 Swiss based unemployed professionals have benefit from the initiative.

Based on an estimated number of published job advertisement in the same period (around 720 000 vacancies), the impact of the initiative remained rather low (around 2%).

The impact of lowering the rate from 8 to 5% remains to be observed.

About 120’000 persons are currently registered as unemployed in Switzerland,

Although hiring organizations have played along, avoiding a fine that can go up to 40’000 francs per non reported job opening, only 25% of job seekers have created a login to access the restricted area on the internet portal travail.swiss/arbeit.swiss in Job-Room.

Only job seekers who have registered with the RAV/ORP and have received a personal ID can register to Travail.swiss/arbeit.swiss and access to the «Advance-notice job vacancies».

Test your knowledge about the Swiss job market

The Swiss job market has its interesting specificities rooted in the country cultural and economic context. We have prepared a quiz as an entertaining introduction to the Swiss job market.
Give it a try and challenge your perceptions and beliefs about this market.

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