Career Options

What is it Like to be a Contact Tracer?

Contact Tracers help support the efforts in stopping the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19. Contact Tracers contact individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and those who may have come in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to collect and provide information. This job may work remotely or on-site.

But what is it really like to be a contact tracer? To find out, we interviewed a contact tracer team supervisor to better understand their role, the challenges they face, and which skills help them and their team be successful in their job. (more…)

The Myth of the “Perfect Fit” Job

When you’re job searching, you might find a job that seems perfect for you. The description is exactly what you’re looking for, the experience requested lines up with your own, and the company has a great reputation. But after an interview, you never hear back. What happened?

When it comes to the job search, there is no such thing as a “perfect fit.” This applies to job seekers just as much as it does to employers. You might think you fit 100% of the qualifications, when in reality you actually fit 80%, and another applicant fits 90%.

But on the employer side, they aren’t necessarily always looking for a 100% match. If you’re limiting your job search only to jobs you think you’re perfect for, you might be missing out on great jobs that would accept someone who matches 70% or less of the qualifications. Still confused? Here’s a bit more to why a “perfect fit” doesn’t really exist.

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Changing Your Career Path in Uncertain Times

COVID-19 has changed what work looks like across the country. According to Global Workplace Analytics, about 56% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that could partially be accomplished with remote work. However, only 3.6% of the workforce works at home half the time or more. They go on to estimate that 25 – 30% of the workforce will work from home on a multiple-days-a-week basis by the end of 2021.

That’s a huge change for both employers and employees. However, for those looking to change their career path, these uncertain times present an unprecedented opportunity. Jobs that individuals couldn’t accept because they required a move are now open to anyone in the country.

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Helping Someone Find a Job

COVID-19 is still changing how we live and work across the country. Due to a decrease to in-person interactions, some businesses have suffered major downturns in business. This has resulted in job losses in many industries, like leisure and hospitality and food service.

Although some of these industries will eventually bounce back, many individuals can’t wait for that to happen. It’s easy to get discouraged when you need a job now, but your industry isn’t hiring. If you have a friend or loved one who is feeling down and out in their job search, there are a few ways you can help. Let’s dig in.

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