One of the greatest ramifications of Covid-19 was the worldwide shift to remote working. Many organizations have maintained this style of work or have opted for a hybrid blend of office and home working, so it is crucial for people to know how to work from home effectively.
The purpose of this article is to equip you with some useful tips for productivity and motivation when you are required to work from home.
1. Get Dressed
Whilst this may seem strange, what you are wearing can have a large impact on how you feel throughout the day. If you remain in your pajamas all day, you are likely to never really feel like you are at work, and as a result will be easily distracted and less productive. Whereas, if you get up and get dressed as if you were going into an office, you are putting yourself in that mindset of going to work and will find it easier to focus on your tasks. This is a very simple but effective way to increase concentration and motivation whilst working from home.
2. Have a Clear Structure
Structure your day as you would in an office environment. Ensure you have a clear schedule that arranges your tasks into defined time slots. This enables you to fully focus on each task and equally ensures you do take breaks and don’t run the risk of over-working. For instance, give yourself the same hour for lunch at 1:00 as you would do if you were working in the office. This gives you a sense of normality and routine which in turns helps boost that sense of it being an ordinary working day.
3. Have a Defined Work Space
Being able to distinguish between your work life and your home life is especially difficult when working remotely. However, a great way to strengthen that distinction is to have a designated space for work. Make sure this is in a different room to where you relax or sleep or else you run the risk of blurring that boundary and reducing productivity. This also means that when it is time to stop working you can go to those other rooms and be able to properly relax because you have that division between working and resting. Furthermore, your work space should also include all the necessary equipment required for peak performance. For example, a strong internet connection or a comfortable chair. These things may seem insignificant but will have a great influence on how motivated you feel to work.
4. Get Out the House
Being in one space all day can become draining and cause you to lose focus. This is a common issue when working from home. Therefore, it can greatly boost productivity to actually leave the house at some point during the day. For instance, going for a quick walk round the block during your lunch break. The change of scenery can let you re-focus on work once you return home, and even help inspire new ideas as you explore a different environment.
5. Mute Distractions
When working from home it is particularly easy to slip into the grasp of common homelife distractions. Family members having a conversation in another room or social media notifications appearing on your phone screen can all lure you away from the work you need to get done. However, proactively disengaging and avoiding these distractions is possible. By muting social media notifications and explaining to household members when they need to be respectful, you can separate yourself from these interferences.
6. Be Organized
This might seem obvious but many people working from home fall into the trap of just waking up and getting to work without any real planning or preparation. Whereas, if you construct a clear to-do list for that day prior to starting work, you are better set to focus on completing those tasks and thus be far more productive.
7. Maintain a Work/Home Distinction
This feeds through all the previous points but that is because it is the most significant. Essential to productivity whilst working remotely is the ability to separate your work life from your home life, and this goes both ways. Whilst it is easier to give in to distraction when working in your own home, it is equally easy to work longer than you should and risk burning out. However, by applying all these tips you should find yourself successfully differentiating between your work life and personal life even in the single environment of your home.
What are the benefits of working from home?
It is also worth considering the advantages that come from remote working.
Ultimately there are some undeniable disadvantages to working from home, such as lack of motivation, blurred home and work life, and distractions. However it can also save on time, and money, and by following the tips laid out earlier it is possible to retain high levels of productivity.
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What are they?
In recent years, as the need for climate change action has risen, we have witnessed the emergence of Green Jobs. This refers to all those roles dedicated to tackling climate change, from chemical engineers working within the renewable energy industry to solar panel technicians and low-carbon farmers. The United Nations Environment Program defines Green Jobs as “work in agriculture, manufacturing, research and development, administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality.” Green Jobs are essential in the fight for planetary protection.
What sectors do they cover?
Due to this overarching goal of preserving the environment, Green Jobs can be found across a range of sectors:
Green jobs in a post-Covid world
This trajectory of growth in Green Jobs has been on the rise, currently producing 9.5 million jobs in the US, and this has been accelerated further by the recent Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst this event was undoubtedly catastrophic, devastating the economy and turning the job landscape into a sort of economic graveyard, we are coming out the other side in a rather unusual position. Due to the increased rates of redundancy and job insecurity, we can actually now re-build and reconfigure the makeup of the job world in a different way. By shifting the focus to promoting the welfare of the planet, jobs that previously did not fall under the ‘green’ label can be enveloped within the industry. We have the chance to “build back better” as emphasised by the G7 Ministers during their meeting on Climate and Environment. Attitudes are already transitioning to a more green outlook, and now we have the opportunity to align this with the economy. For instance, large corporations like Nike and IKEA are already taking up more sustainable practices, such as sourcing from sustainable foresters and redesigning boxes to reduce packaging.
Also, the International Energy Agency has estimated the potential for up to 2.5 million new jobs each year as part of the Covid-19 recovery scheme, so those jobs lost over the course of the pandemic could be counteracted by a rise in Green Jobs. Hence, despite the pandemic being a devasting force on peoples’ livelihoods, we could use this as an opportunity to reinvent the world of work in a way that not only protects the environment but ensures greater job security for more people.
A new meaning for green jobs
In response to the pandemic and shifting attitudes, Green Jobs are starting to transcend their traditional sectors and infiltrate the rest of the economy. Existing jobs are being reconfigured to achieve sustainable and green production and processes (recall the previous example of Nike and IKEA). As stated by James Watts, co-founder of BrewDog, “Sustainability should not be a bolt-on; it needs to be a core part of everyone’s role, regardless of their job title.” More and more jobs are placing green values at the heart of their philosophies, even those not directly involved in environmental work. Daniel Esty, author of The Green to Gold Playbook for Businesses, made the point that companies are increasingly finding customers to “judge the overall quality of their brand based on response and policies regarding the environment.” Even if businesses or jobs are not explicitly labelled “green”, people are still seeking jobs that maintain the associated principles. So perhaps we require a new definition. The title of ‘Green Jobs’ is no longer limited to those specific roles that function within the various environmental sectors. It has become a term representing the global transition to a greener economy.
A question still remains; how do I actually get into a Green Job? As with any career, there are certain things you can do to make your way into the industry and the same goes for Green Jobs. This can range from getting involved with projects and events in your local community, to enrolling on relevant college courses, to utilising platforms like LinkedIn to build connections with people already in the industry. However, here I will provide some specific examples of pathways into a Green Job to highlight the routes one might take to enter the industry.
In general, getting work experience, attaining relevant qualifications and reaching out to the big players in your desired sector, are the best steps one can take to secure a Green Job.
*Landbased industries covers a range of roles from farming to animal care, forestry or conservation.
How to Use Facebook for Your Job Hunt #jobseeking #facebook #posters
Did you know that Facebook is one of the top places for job recruiters to conduct their search for qualified candidates? If you aren’t utilizing this social media giant in your job search – you could be missing out. Here’s how to make Facebook’s career features work for you.
1. Complete Your Profile
To capture the interest of potential employers, you’ll want to have a complete work history on your profile. Make sure to add all of your past workplaces, degrees, and other relevant educational and professional qualifications in the about section, just as you would on LinkedIn. Don’t forget to add links to any portfolios or other profiles you have such as your LinkedIn account. Having all your information easily accessible to recruiters and hiring managers will make your job applications via Facebook more effective.
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2. Double-Check Your Public Content
In a recent study, 90% of companies admitted to using social media to check out candidates’ profiles during the screening process. What do you want job recruiters and hiring managers to see? Do a quick check at your profile as it appears to the public and delete or lock down anything you wouldn't want potential employers to see. To accomplish this, just visit your privacy settings and click "View As Public" or click the "View As" icon on your profile page. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
3. Like & Follow Pages
Just as you would on LinkedIn, locate the profiles of companies that you’d like to work for and follow their pages to stay on top of the latest updates. Many companies list their open jobs directly from their Facebook page in a separate profile tab. You can even customize your settings to view their posts first on your newsfeed or to be notified of any new posts. This way, you won’t miss out on any new job postings or hiring events that may help you connect with future employers.
4. Create A Job Search
When you access the Jobs feature on Facebook, you can set up a custom job search by location, keyword, job type, industry, and other filters. Best of all, if you hit the “subscribe” button, Facebook will then notify you of new job ads that fit your parameters. Just open Facebook and look for the briefcase icon to get started.
5. Join Relevant Groups
Another great way to stay connected is by joining relevant professional and vocational Facebook groups for your industry or location. Once you become a member, you can browse available jobs posted by others as well as advertise your services to others. In addition to actively looking for a position, you will have the opportunity to build your professional contacts, get advice from others, and learn more about your field. Just as with your favorite company pages, your Facebook settings can be adjusted to show these group posts first in your newsfeed or notify you of new posts. Networking is a great way to find your next potential employer and Facebook groups can help make that experience even more convenient.
6. Send Direct Messages
There’s still something to be said for a good, old-fashioned cold email application. Reach out and send your resume and contact information to any employers you may be interested in. Many companies and recruiters have enabled direct messaging right through Facebook. Even if pages have this feature turned off, you may be able to find relevant contact information on the company’s About section.
7. Stay on Top of Events
You can also use Facebook to locate industry events, career fairs, trade shows, or hiring events. Just use the Events tab to explore both in-person and virtual opportunities. Whenever you attend any professional event be sure to prepare, have an elevator pitch ready, make industry contacts, and build your network.
8. Customize Your Feed
Did you know your Facebook newsfeed is highly customisable? When you’re in the middle of a job search you can temporarily set up your feed to track particular groups, prioritize certain pages, and even mute certain people. With a bit of tweaking, you can adjust what you see when you log in from cute baby and puppy photos to the relevant career information you’re looking for.
9. Self-Promote & Work Your Network
Your social media accounts are the perfect place for self-promotion. Brands promote their products or services, and individuals promote their life experiences. Why not utilize your Facebook to promote your own skills, education, and professional background? Posting about your experience or expressing your interest and availability for a job is an essential way of building your network and getting closer to a job opportunity. Through your friends’ comments, you will meet new contacts, get job advice, and maybe even be presented with a role you may not have considered before.
10. Create A Job Seeker Post
Last but not least, come up with a format or template for posting your availability across your pages and groups. Use the steps below for the best success:
Facebook can be a great tool for both employers and job seekers to find the perfect match. Don’t miss out on the opportunities Facebook could bring to your career and give the tips above a try. Have you ever found a job through Facebook? Let us know in the comments below!
Your career is much more than a job. It’s where you spend the majority of your time during your adult years, where you connect with coworkers who become like friends and family, and where you make your greatest impact on the world. For many of us, we would prefer to spend this time doing something that we enjoy and that helps make a positive impact on the world. Today’s society is increasingly focused on finding purpose and meaning in life and finding employment in an ethical career can help.
“Ethical careers” is a broad term that refers to careers that are focused on social or environmental responsibility in some way. Sectors can include community and social work, health, education, science, medicine, biotechnology or urban planning. In addition, non-profit and religious work can be a very fulfilling avenue for those seeking an ethical career. We’ve reviewed some of the top ethical career choices below along with typical educational requirements and average salaries from Payscale.com.
Science & Technology
Those who enjoy scientific and mathematics fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, computer programming, calculus or statistics can put their skills to good use in a variety of ethical science and technology jobs. Here are just a few of the top ethical science and technology careers:
Clean Energy Engineer
The renewable energy sector, particular wind and solar, has taken off in recent years. Clean energy engineers work to advance renewable energy technologies that reduce harm to our environment and planet. They may research, plan and develop new machinery and equipment, oversee clean energy production processes, work to increase efficiency, and analyze environmental impact. Daily job duties could include conducting site inspections, using computer modelling software, overseeing installation projects, managing environmental law compliance, project management, technical reports, and other advisory roles.
Typical Education: Bachelors or Masters
Average Salary: $73,746
Bioethics consultants work to advise companies and individuals through ethical health and biotechnology decisions, legal matters and policy issues. They work with healthcare professionals and patients to assess complex patient care situations, and provide guidance to patients, their families and medical staff. Some of the issues they might tackle include clinical research ethics, end of life scenarios, sexuality and gender, assisted reproductive technologies, genetic testing, mental health care and other patients' rights issues.
Typical Education: Masters + Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) program
Average Salary: $57,055
Ethical hackers work to look for and exploit weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the system before the "bad guys" do. They work closely with their employers to legally and ethically find flaws in computer systems or networks so they can be fixed. These careers are extremely important to protect our nation's cybersecurity as well as companies’ IT networks and individuals’ private data.
Typical Education: Bachelors or higher + CEH certification
Average Salary: $80,903
International & Human Rights
There is great need to police companies and individuals to ensure human rights are being protected across the world. Ethical jobs in this sector protect international trade and labor, and work against slavery, human trafficking and other human rights violations.
Ethical International Trade Advisor
Ethical trade advisors seek to understand and mitigate the economic, environmental and human rights impacts of international trade. They often act as consultants to large corporations to ensure that all business operations remain in compliance with both international law and basic ethics. They work to reduce modern day slavery, ensure fair wages, and protect labor rights.
Typical Education: Bachelors
Average Salary: $57,000
As a division of ICE under the Homeland Security department, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agency works to combat various crimes and immigration violations that threaten national security. The agency operates with a special focus on human trafficking and smuggling, arms trafficking, drug trafficking, the production and distribution of child pornography and other human rights violations.
Typical Education: Bachelors + training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
Average Salary: $77,018
Corporate Ethics & Compliance
As our world changes, corporations are beginning to place a growing importance on their sustainable and ethical business practices. Corporate accountability is vital and the demand for these types of jobs is growing. New business graduates seeking to make a difference in the world may be pleasantly surprised to find out there is ample opportunity to reform corporate America from the inside out.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Most major corporations today employ a top level executive to manage their environmental programs, certifications and initiatives. Chief sustainability officers oversee sustainable practices in supply-chain management, waste management, recycling programs and carbon footprint reduction. CSOs are also responsible for ensuring company compliance with certification programs such as Organic, Fair Trade or B Corporation certifications. Demand for such positions is rapidly increasing, and most MBA programs today are beginning to include a sustainability component.
Typical Education: Masters
Average Salary: $88,261
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Corporations are increasingly placing an emphasis on their social responsibility efforts and philanthropy. The role of a CSR manager or director is to manage these efforts to positively impact their community and the world. CSR managers work to make ethical business decisions, make strides towards sustainability, remain in compliance with social and environmental laws, and work closely with non-profits to give back to the local community. They help ensure a company’s commitment to corporate diversity, ethical labor practices, and climate-smart environmental policy decisions. A CSR manager may also help execute PR activities and work to create successful branding strategies for these initiatives.
Typical Education: Masters
Average Salary: $119,460
Ethics & Compliance Director
Similar to the CSO or CSR positions, a director of ethics and compliance works to ensure adherence to legal guidelines and in-house policies to maintain satisfactory business ethics. With a greater focus on compliance, they may lead internal investigations, conduct compliance training, implement internal controls, manage company policy, mitigate compliance risks and advisor senior leaders and executives.
Typical Education: Masters
Average Salary: $154,025
With a wide range of non-profit organizations working to positively impact their communities, careers at these organizations are often deeply fulfilling and have the potential to create lasting change at the local, national or even global level.
Volunteer organizers work with a volunteer workforce, typically that of a non-profit, to ensure program success in the community. Typical job duties include recruiting, hiring, training and managing a non-profit’s active volunteer base.
Typical Education: Associates
Average Salary: $39,444
Development officers work in a fundraising and donor relations capacity for non-profit organizations. They may manage capital campaigns, work closely on major gifts fundraising, manage donor communications and relationships, and assist with grant writing or event planning. Non-profit careers are ethical by default and working as a development officer gives employees a chance to directly impact their favorite cause by raising funds.
Typical Education: Bachelors
Average Salary: $53,951
Executive Director, Non-Profit
A job as an executive director for a non-profit is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking an ethical career. As the top-level position of a non-profit organization, executive directors manage the goals, vision and direction of their organizations’ programs and daily operations. One can make a very big impact on their local community and even the world as a non-profit executive director.
Typical Education: Bachelors or Masters
Average Salary: $67,157
For those who care deeply about our world and its resources, an ethical career in the environmental sector is a very satisfying way to participate in a job that aligns with their values. There are many different positions that cater to environmentalists, but here are a few top picks:
Conservation scientists work closely with governments and private landowners to protect the environment and natural resources. They often advise farmers and ranchers on the best ways to sustainably operate their agricultural activities. They might oversee activities to ensure compliance, negotiate terms for land-use contracts, establish plans for managing natural resources, analyze field tests to make decisions, study the effects and prevention of wildfires, and evaluate water or soil quality. In short, they study the land and its resources in order to ensure ethically responsible operations.
Typical Education: Bachelors or Doctorate
Average Salary: $51,879
Environmental engineers are usually hired by private companies as well as government agencies to monitor pollution, work on large environmental projects, conduct inspections for environmental compliance, and design or manage environmentally sound systems and projects. They may also work to help define public policy and law and often work as expert witnesses in court. Similar to conservation scientists, they work to ensure that human impact on the environment stays at a minimum.
Typical Education: Bachelors
Average Salary: $65,635
Environmental lawyers handle cases involving natural resources and environmental compliance issues. This could include cases surrounding pollution, endangered wildlife, sustainable agriculture, hazardous waste disposal, wetland protection, conversation and land preservation. They help hold both businesses and individuals accountable to their environmental practices. They may also advise others on issues surrounding ecology and stewardship of natural resources, participate in public advocacy work, and lobby for additional laws or changes in existing law.
Typical Education: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor (JD)
Average Salary: $84,865
Social / Community Sector
There is a plethora of ethical job options in the social and community sectors. Every aspect of society, from public health to child welfare, can benefit from the skills and passions of an individual driven to effect social change. The burden of entry is often much lower in this sector, with many positions requiring just an Associates or even just a high school diploma in some instances. Here are just a handful of the career opportunities that await you in this field:
As part of the human services sector, social workers help people in their communities in a variety of ways. Social worker jobs can be found in healthcare settings, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, community development organizations, and other similar workplaces. They typically identify and assist people in need in the community. Social workers assess their clients’ current needs, refer them to community resources and advocate for future programs. They also respond to crisis situations such as mental health emergencies and cases of suspected child or elder abuse. Clinical social workers may help diagnose and treat mental disorders and other behavioral issues. A career as a social worker is a great way to ethically assist those in your community most in need of help.
Typical Education: Bachelors or Masters
Average Salary: $47,600
Community Health Worker
Community health workers often serve as a bridge between medical professionals and their patients. They may also be called patient advocates or peer health educators. They help members of their local community with insurance issues, privacy concerns, accessing government and public health resources. They typically work with high-risk, disadvantaged and underserved populations. They encourage members of the community to get the screenings and other services they need, educate local populations on health concerns, assess patient risk and help track health goals.
Typical Education: Associates or Bachelors
Average Salary: $38,128
Child Welfare Specialist
Child welfare specialists typically work for government agencies such as DHS, CPS or DFPS. Child welfare specialists work with children and families involved in abuse, neglect and abandonment cases. They work to find safe places for children in the foster care system, with family members or in adoptive homes, and work towards family reunification wherever possible. Assisting the local community in this way can be very rewarding.
Typical Education: Associates or Bachelors
Average Salary: $40,975
Animal Welfare Officer
Animal welfare officers typically belong to state and local government agencies or police departments. They oversee matters of animal welfare such as investigations of animal abuse, cruelty or neglect, illegal breeding, illegal import and sale of wildlife, illegal ownership of exotic animals, farm and ranch inspections, and other animal rights violations. They may also manage the capture and care of dangerous or stray animals, testify in court cases, rescue trapped or injured animals and enforce licensing laws and other local regulations. In addition, they work to humanly control local wildlife populations and educate the public on communicable diseases such as rabies.
Typical Education: Associates or Bachelors + additional certification in some states
Average Salary: $36,330
Minister of Religion
Working as a rabbi, priest, pastor or imam can bring great emotional, social and spiritual fulfillment to individuals who are so inclined. Religious leaders have a great impact on their local communities through prayer, financial assistance, emotional support and spiritual guidance. In addition to leading religious services, duties include administrative responsibilities, ministering to members in need, and performing important rites such as weddings and funerals.
Typical Education: Bachelors + specialized religious training
Average Salary: $53,324
Housing & Urban Development Specialist
Jobs at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) work to improve local communities through providing ethical urban planning and development, equal housing opportunities, rental assistance programs, FHA mortgage insurance programs, and other initiatives concerning our nation's housing needs. The agency's goals are to expand homeownership, increase access to affordable housing, strengthen communities through economic development, fight housing discrimination and work to alleviate homelessness.
Typical Education: Bachelors
Average Salary: $101,347
While any job has the potential to leave a positive and ethical impact on your employer, your community and the world – there are some jobs like those listed above that are much more fulfilling than others by default. We hope this guide of 20 top ethical career options is a helpful starting point to you as you investigate job opportunities that fit your career goals, values and passions.
First Job / #No Experience Needed
Around 5.9% students (16-24yrs ) drop out of education either not completing their High School Diploma or a GED. All these students need to find meaning full work and redefine their future in the work place. Thankfully their are businesses prepared to take on students without any qualifications or experience. For those failing and feeling hopeless about the future, this graphic can provide some inspiration either to stay on or to have hope that a job that can give them value and worth may be on the horizon. The common reasons for dropping out include these below If this poster inspires just one student to either stay on course with studies or leave and get a job to put their life on track again, then we will have fulfilled our purpose as career educators.
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Running a job club can be an excellent way to encourage individuals to share their experiences in looking for work and to support you attendees in the challenge of applying for jobs. Whether you are training in interview techniques, how to complete application forms, writing cv's or helping people with their job search you can inspire your members to get moving into their next career.
Some job clubs are more formal based and may be set up by a charity or employment center, others are more community based and set up by volunteers or local charity or church organization. A great way to enhance your club is to purchase a set of posters to get your people motivated when they meet. Career Guidance Charts produces a wide collection of job club posters.
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So you have a video interview scheduled? Are you ready? Don't underestimate the challenge of preparing for this type of encounter with a future employer. Make the mistake of not having all the tech sorted and you could go down in flames. The reality is that employers now are more likely to screen candidates (up 40%) from 6% four years ago. Here are our 10 tips to win at video interviews.
1. Use a Sensible User Name
Sounds obvious but choose well. Need to be professional
2. Set Up Your Location
Private room with good internet connectivity. Not a coffee shop! Make sure the behind the cam view is suitable. Nice poster, planter will do, Think about the image you want to convey. Want to get into marketing? Arrange to have some books on the subject on display behind you. People will take in your surroundings without you knowing,
3. Get Eye Contact
Try and look at the camera not the screen. Reduce the interview window and do your best to move it as close to the camera as possible. Otherwise the interviews thinks you are not looking at them directly.
4. Light from the front
Use a desk lamp or be infront of a window. Make sure your are not in the dark.
5. Webcam Placement
Have the Webcam just below your eye level. If necessary raise up the laptop. No one wants to be looking up your nostrils!
6. Remove Interruptions
Turn off phone, any notifications you have on your device. Notify friends, family or those you share with of your need to be not disturbed.
7. Practice the Tech
Make a call with someone to check sound, lighting, see if it all looks good
8. Have your Documents Ready
Have your resume, particulars of the job and notepad to hand.
9. Dress Formally
It's an interview so dress the part, at least your top half which is on view
10. Use a Headset
If you want to hear better and be heard use a headset as this will cut out ambient noise, cars, dogs barking, cell phones ringing.
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