What Industries Offer Hybrid Jobs?

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Hybrid Jobs are Booming in These Industries

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The hybrid work model has become the new normal across many industries. Covid-19 forced industries to change how, when, and where their employees did work. A hybrid work model can maximize both in-office and remote working benefits. One of the best ways to find hybrid jobs is to get familiar with job board websites.

What Are Hybrid Jobs?

The hybrid work model is a people-first work model that provides employees with greater flexibility to work between their homes and offices. The autonomy given to employees to choose what works best for them creates a sense of trust between employee and employer. Companies rely heavily on video conferencing platforms for in-office and remote meeting attendees.

Benefits of a Hybrid Job

  • Improved employee mental health and well-being
  • Work when and how you’re most productive
  • Reduce exposure to illness
  • Reduction in travel
  • Employees feel trusted and respected
  • Spend more time with family and friends

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Six Industries Offering Hybrid Jobs

  1. IT
  2. Healthcare
  3. Marketing
  4. Accounting
  5. Human Resources
  6. Insurance

Industries offering flexible work arrangements are attractive to job applicants. In recent years, coding, information security, cloud computing, quality assurance, and data collection jobs have increased exponentially because they’re easy for employees to work from home or the office.

After the onset of the pandemic, the healthcare industry adapted to online technology in order to stay connected with patients. These positions include everything from online therapists and doctors to roles that help people navigate insurance claims and billing. Whatever your position within this large field, you can find many hybrid job opportunities, both part-time and full-time.

In addition, insurance, marketing, accounting, and human resources have seen an influx of hybrid jobs. Now is the perfect time for job seekers to look at hybrid job opportunities and build a career within industries that have adopted this work style. If you’re looking for more information on how to find a hybrid career, contact Avenica or apply for a role!

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Breaking Down Core Values

What is a core value?

Core values represent a company’s deeply held beliefs. At Avenica, we say our core values are what drive our actions whether people are watching or not. They are impossible to fake and “core” to how individuals show up every day. If done correctly, core values can be the connecting force of teammates within a company.

Who comes up with core values? What does that process look like?

At Avenica, we implemented EOS (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®), to get better at defining our vision, to build a strong team, and instill clear focus and accountability. Understanding, communicating, and operating with core values is paramount to being a successful EOS company. Our EOS Implementor led us through an exercise that included listing out the qualities of strong performers and valued individuals within the organization. We narrowed in on commonalities to arrive at our list of core values. We revisit our core values quarterly to see if those values and our definition of those values still apply as the company matures.

How do core values play out in a company at a high level? What about day-to-day?

Core values should be at the heart of how a company operates day in and day out. They should be called out in meetings, listed as teammates are recognized for contributions, referenced when key decisions are being made, and “core” to the hiring, evaluating, and firing processes within a company.

Why do they matter when I am looking for a job?

Finding an authentic fit is important for an individual to be able to show up as their true self every day. We are paid to go to work for a reason. Work requires effort. Trying to be someone you’re not (but a company expects you to be) will require a great deal of time and energy. For many people, that takes more time and energy than simply doing their day job. A core values match allows an individual to focus on the work itself and drive results, instead of spending time and energy on “trying to fit in”.

How can I find a company that fits me?

When interviewing, ask questions about a company’s core values. Seek to understand what the values mean and if they speak to who you are and an environment you think will bring out the best in you. Also try to gauge how important the core values are within an organization. It’s telling if the interviewer needs to look up what the core values are, or if they speak freely about them. Ask the interviewer questions such as:

  • How are your core values demonstrated in day-to-day operations?
  • How are you evaluating me on whether I’m a core values fit?
  • How are your core values celebrated?
  • What happens when someone is deemed to not be a core values fit?

How to Let People Know You’re Looking for a New Job

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How to Let People Know You’re Looking for a New Job

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Are you searching for your first job? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new job? Either way, it’s important to let your network of friends, family, and colleagues know that you’re looking!

Your network can be a powerful tool for your job search, as some 80% of jobs are acquired through personal and professional networks.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, do it now! Trust us on this one. Creating your profile only takes a few minutes and allows you to get your name out there and start making connections. LinkedIn is also the perfect platform to announce that you’re searching for a job. Making a simple post announcing that you’re searching allows your network to refer you to potential opportunities that you might not hear about through typical job boards. It could even get you one step ahead with a personal recommendation depending on your relationship with your connection!

With all of this in mind, here are a few tips and a basic template that will tell others that you’re looking for a new job and put you on the right track towards finding your next role. Feel free to make any edits to adapt to your specific needs and goals.

How to Create the Perfect LinkedIn Post to Announce Your Job Search

Posting on LinkedIn is a solid way to make a connection that can lead to finding your next role. Because of the nature of LinkedIn, your post will show up on the feeds of anyone in your network, as well as their entire network if they interact with your post. While it won’t automatically guarantee you get noticed (you’ll have to do some direct networking as well), it’s a great start to get your name out there.

Here’s what you can include to create a solid job announcement post on LinkedIn:

  1. Why You’re Looking for a New Job: (common reasons include graduating, moving to a different city, switching industries, or returning to work after a period of not working).
  2. Accomplishment Highlight: Hype yourself up to your network by sharing a professional achievement
  3. Relevant Skills and Interests: Share what you’re good at or what you’re looking to leverage in your new role. Also, include the industry or industries you may be interested in.
  4. Call-to-Action: Be specific with your goal. Do you want people in your network to reach out with links to job ads or only directly with referrals? Or maybe you just want to be connected with someone at a company you’d like to work for.

Job Search Announcement Template if You Have Experience

Hi everyone! I am currently living in [LOCATION] and looking for a job in the area. I come from a background in [INDUSTRY]. I have [NUMBER] years of experience in [SPECIFIC SKILLS RELATED TO YOUR ROLE] and at my previous employer, [PREVIOUS EMPLOYER], I [YOUR ROLE + AN ACCOMPLISHMENT]. Some of my other skills include [SKILL], [SKILL], and [SKILL] that I’m hoping to leverage in the [INDUSTRY] industry.

If anyone knows of a job opening at a company where I would be a good fit, I’d appreciate if you could send them my way! If you have any recommendations on who I could speak to, I would be happy to connect as well.

Job Search Announcement Template if You Have No Experience

Hi everyone! I am currently living in [LOCATION] and looking for a job in the area. I have a degree in [DEGREE] and I’m hoping to gain experience in [SPECIFIC SKILLS RELATED TO YOUR DEGREE OR CAREER INTERESTS]. Through my education and previous experience in [PREVIOUS JOB THAT HAS TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS, IF APPLICABLE], I learned [TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS ex. Customer service, communication, leadership] that I’m hoping to leverage in my career.

If anyone knows of a job opening at a company where I would be a good fit, I’d appreciate if you could send them my way! If you have any recommendations on who I could speak to, I would be happy to connect.

Networking is a powerful tool in your job search, and these templates are a solid start to getting connected to some great opportunities. Don’t forget, we at Avenica are happy to help you with your job search. Just apply to one of our open roles and we’ll help you get your foot in the door at a company you’ll love.

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, contact Avenica or browse jobs today! We help our entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals.

Flexible Work Options 101

What are some ways to have flexibility at work?

Time off

FTO (Flexible time off) is a way that employers give their employees flexibility in the workplace. The FTO model offers employees as much or as little paid time off as they’re interested in. This time usually replaces traditional PTO balances or other paid days such as vacation days, sick days, emergency days, and other time off. Most often this involves coordination with a manager or team, to make sure all work is completed, and that coverage is available, but overall gives employees more freedom to manage their time away from work.

Flexible Working Hours

In 2020 the work model shifted; many traditionally in-office employees began working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With so much work being done in the comfort of homes many people began asking, “is there really a reason work must be done between 8-5?” The answer is, “not always.” Many employees enjoy the benefit of working their own hours, which are commonly known as “flex time.” The traditional 8am -5pm work hour model can be shifted based on an employee’s personal needs and their employer’s expectations.

Time zones, in the past, have been a challenge in collaboration for corporations that operate nationwide. Now, however, employees can work remotely at a company that is based in a completely different time zone. Many employees are starting their days early and getting off early or starting later and finishing later. The expectation to be online between the hours of 8am – 5pm is fading for many companies and employees are taking in the freedom that this offers.

Riley Ovall is the Content Specialist for Avenica. She shared, “I work remotely for Avenica even though I live in a time zone five hours behind my team. I reached out to my supervisor prior to my move and asked if this is something the company would be able to support and got approval to work in a new state. I start my day at 5am and end my day at 2pm. I can attend all my meetings and complete work in this time, and then have the rest of my day to spend as I choose. I feel most productive in the mornings and have been seeing a huge push in my work since shifting to the hours that make me feel best, while living in a location I love!”

Compressed Work Week

The compressed work week has been a popular topic as some companies explore a four-day work week. A compressed work week looks like shifting a 40-hour five-day work week into a different number of days. It could look like four 10-hour days, 80-hours in nine days, or an agreed upon ratio between employer and employee. Employers are utilizing this to offer more full days off to employees, while maintaining the same amount of work. This could give flexibility to parents to volunteer for their children’s activities or allow for hobbies and opportunities that occur within traditional workdays.

Location

As more and more employees find themselves permanently in remote positions, the world opens to them. No longer does a person have to live in the same area as their employer. This freedom is commonly known as “flex place” and allows a person to work wherever they want. Not all companies have this ability, but it can be a huge plus to those looking for a big move, while maintaining a role they love.

“Being able to move was a super attractive part of my current role,” said Ovall. “I was hired while living at my parents’ post-graduation and knew eventually I would want to move out. Being able to spend 6 months saving up and establishing myself before moving out was a huge benefit. Now I am living in a place I love hundreds of miles away from where I was originally hired.”

Why are employers offering more flexible work benefits?

Employers are offering more flexible work benefits for many reasons. One reason is to give their employees the lifestyle that fits them best. By giving an employee the hours and location of their choice, they are entrusting their team members to take full ownership of their time and work. This trust often produces better results. Another reason for employers to explore this flexibility is to attract talent who are seeking a more flexible lifestyle. Offering flexible options can be a huge factor when an employee accepts an offer.

How can I find out how much flexibility a job offers?

Many employers will put flexible work opportunities in their job descriptions. A person can look in the benefits section of a job description to see if these options exist in the role they are applying for. This is also something that a hiring manager could explain during the interview process. In addition, it may be negotiable after being offered a position as a part of employee compensation.

What are some ways to make the most out of my flexible work options?

If someone gets the opportunity to enjoy flexible work benefits, there are many ways to utilize them. A person may choose to use flexible hours to explore their hobbies such as working out, being creative, or learning a new skill to advance their career. For many working parents, this can also mean more time spent chaperoning field trips or having flexibility when childcare falls through. Someone could also take time to volunteer with an organization they are passionate about. There is also opportunity to focus on a person’s mental health and recharge with flexible work hours.

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, contact Avenica or browse jobs today! We help our entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals.

Breaking Down the Job Offer

You have officially nailed the interview(s) and landed the job! Congratulations! Next comes reviewing your formal job offer. For most, this is an exciting time, and your first instinct may be to accept the first offer you get outright. But it is best to fully understand what the offer entails before you attempt to negotiate higher or accept as-is. Let’s break it down.

A Job Offer Letter often includes job title, position type (exempt, non-exempt, full-time, part-time, project based, etc.), reporting/team structure, an anticipated starting date, salary, benefits, and an acknowledgement to sign. It may also include additional agreements to sign including noncompetes, contingencies (passing a background, drug, or credit check), confidentiality agreements, and other compensation information.

The job title is fairly self-explanatory. But it’s important to note the difference between some types of employment. “Exempt” means that the position is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor and Standard Act (FLSA). In other words, they would not receive overtime pay or are exempt from other FLSA requirements. These are often salaried positions. “Nonexempt” positions are protected by FLSA regulations. This means non-exempt employees must be paid at least the federal minimum wage for hours worked and have access to overtime pay beyond 40 hours worked per week. These are often hourly positions. There are additional factors in these types of employment that are worth spending some time researching.

Your offer may come in right at the salary that was noted during your interview or as noted on the original application. Though it may also be different because it was “commensurate with experience.” This means that the salary offered might be impacted by the amount of experience you come in with; for example, the more experience you have the higher the pay. Regardless, it’s good to review any notes or information that was provided to you about the role as you were going through the application and interview process. If the pay is less than suggested, it’s a good idea to ask why.

In addition to the salary offered, your benefits (401k, healthcare coverage, dental, vacation, etc.) are not to be swept under the rug. These benefits often have a significant cost to the business you are considering joining. Often, these expenses can be approximately 30% of the salary suggested on top of your salary as a total employee compensation package. It’s not explicitly stated in that way, but it’s important to understand that your paycheck is only one piece of the total offer.

So, what’s normal for benefits? It depends. Companies all do this differently. Some may put out more vacation time or flexible time off for employees, and some may offer higher 401K matching programs. Depending upon what your priorities are, either of these can be viewed as better or worse for your own needs.

Moving on to the team structure. In case no one mentioned it to you during your interview process, this may be the first time you’re learning who you would report to and potentially who would be on your team. Do some digging! Search LinkedIn for the company you’re applying to and see if you can find any employees listed as working for that company with a title like yours or within the same area of the business. Peeking at their profiles may give you a better idea of your teammates and the culture of the workplace. You can also do this for your boss! It’s not snooping, it’s investigating for your future.

Finally, look a bit deeper into the additional documents that are requested. Is the employer looking for you to sign a noncompete? A noncompete is a legal document that tells you where you can and cannot work in the future for a given period. Often noncompetes are in place to ensure you don’t share industry or company secrets to a competitor that may put that company in jeopardy or lose any market share. They may only be enforced in a specific geographic location, or they may only be for a particular industry or client of theirs. Regardless, it’s good to check it out. Then seek advising on it from trusted mentors or even an attorney.

Now that you’ve reviewed everything from your offer, it’s time to sign and accept the offer or go back to the hiring manager with your counteroffer. It’s important to note that not all situations would be accepting of a counteroffer. Especially if you’re working with a recruiter, agency, or career launching platform like Avenica. Often the roles they’re placing have salaries and packages that are locked in with little wiggle room. They will also share this with you up front. If you’re going it alone, that may be another story and a topic for another blog post.

Good luck on your job search; we’re cheering for you!

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, contact Avenica or browse jobs today! We help our entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals.

Credit Card Basics

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Breaking Down the Job Offer

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You have officially nailed the interview(s) and landed the job! Congratulations! Next comes reviewing your formal job offer. For most, this is an exciting time, and your first instinct may be to accept the first offer you get outright. But it is best to fully understand what the offer entails before you attempt to negotiate higher or accept as-is. Let’s break it down.

A Job Offer Letter often includes job title, position type (exempt, non-exempt, full-time, part-time, project based, etc.), reporting/team structure, an anticipated starting date, salary, benefits, and an acknowledgement to sign. It may also include additional agreements to sign including noncompetes, contingencies (passing a background, drug, or credit check), confidentiality agreements, and other compensation information.

The job title is fairly self-explanatory. But it’s important to note the difference between some types of employment. “Exempt” means that the position is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor and Standard Act (FLSA). In other words, they would not receive overtime pay or are exempt from other FLSA requirements. These are often salaried positions. “Nonexempt” positions are protected by FLSA regulations. This means non-exempt employees must be paid at least the federal minimum wage for hours worked and have access to overtime pay beyond 40 hours worked per week. These are often hourly positions. There are additional factors in these types of employment that are worth spending some time researching.

Your offer may come in right at the salary that was noted during your interview or as noted on the original application. Though it may also be different because it was “commensurate with experience.” This means that the salary offered might be impacted by the amount of experience you come in with; for example, the more experience you have the higher the pay. Regardless, it’s good to review any notes or information that was provided to you about the role as you were going through the application and interview process. If the pay is less than suggested, it’s a good idea to ask why.

In addition to the salary offered, your benefits (401k, healthcare coverage, dental, vacation, etc.) are not to be swept under the rug. These benefits often have a significant cost to the business you are considering joining. Often, these expenses can be approximately 30% of the salary suggested on top of your salary as a total employee compensation package. It’s not explicitly stated in that way, but it’s important to understand that your paycheck is only one piece of the total offer.

What types of credit cards are there?

Get ready because there are likely many more types of credit cards than you previously imagined.

There are many different types of credit cards, but the most common types include:

  1. Secured credit cards
  2. Standard unsecured credit cards
  3. Travel rewards credit cards
  4. Credit cards for students
  5. No annual fee credit cards
  6. Business Credit cards
  7. Charge cards
  8. Store credit cards

Each of these have different application requirements and from a value standpoint will vary from person to person.

Super quickly, a secured credit card requires an upfront deposit that protects the card holder. Often this deposit becomes your credit limit. From a risk perspective, this ensures that the credit card company won’t be out any money if you aren’t able to pay off your balance. An unsecured credit card means that you don’t pay an initial deposit to open the card/account.

How do I figure out which one is right for me?

This is the million-dollar question, and the answer is of course, it depends.

There are many credit cards that offer perks like cash-back, travel rewards, or initial rewards bonuses. So, let’s give a couple examples. Let’s say you’re an avid traveler who has some liquidity (meaning you have a good amount of money left over each month after paying off your expenses and debts). You may opt for a credit card that earns you miles with each purchase that you can use on airfare in the future rather than paying cash out of pocket. On the other hand, maybe you’re not looking to travel just yet, are in school, and barely making it by month to month. You would likely do better with a student credit card with a lower APR (Annual Percentage Rate) and lower spending limit that would keep you out of longer-term debt issues. It really depends on your financial position and interests at the end of the day.

What’s an APR?

Good timing! APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate. It is the percentage that credit companies and lenders charge on an annual basis, calculated off your balance. The most common ways you will see this is in the interest applied to your credit account during a billing cycle.

With a Variable APR (the most common credit card APR), you can calculate this by taking your daily rate (divide your credit card’s APR by 365) x average daily balance (add all the balances at the end of each day and divide by the number of days in that billing cycle) x days in billing cycle. That will get you your credit card APR.

A Fixed APR is a fixed rate that you can lock in for a designated period. Keep in mind that fixed rates can sometimes be higher than Variable APRs and can also change based on if you miss payments or your credit score decreases.

If you don’t plan to carry a balance with your credit cards (that should always be your goal), APR won’t impact you as they are based on balances you carry.

Who else can see my credit score?

Another great question. Individuals and entities who have access to your personal credit score are lenders, landlords, utilities, potential employers, and insurance companies. Each of these have a specific reason why they may want access to your credit information, but all get back to the same question of “what is level of risk I take on if lending/servicing/employing this individual?” The higher your credit score, the less risky you appear to these entities, and you may eliminate any need to pay additional fees that offset that risk.

How do I find my own credit card score?

There are a variety of companies that can do a credit report for you or obtain your credit score. A credit report is a statement that details your credit history. A credit score is the three-digit number we mentioned at the beginning of this article. Some loans, financial institutions, and employers will provide annual credit reports to their customers or employees for free. If you’re looking for yours without these resources, you can find more information by visiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) website.

Should I pay my entire balance each month? Should I only pay the minimum?

Ideally, each month you should pay off your balance so that you have a better ratio of debt to available credit. The minimum balance is truly the “bare-minimum” that you should pay each month to stay in good standing. Not to mention that if you decide not to pay it off in full, you will begin accumulating interest likely as well. That total balance will keep ticking upward!

How do I build credit?

You build credit by paying your debts on time or in full over a period of time. Building credit takes time and discipline. Despite what you may think, having debt can be a good thing. Some debt is looked at more favorably than others! A few debts that are often considered better for your credit would be a mortgage, student loans, and car loans generally. This is because each of them can positively impact your financial position and potentially provide a return on your investment. “Bad debt” would be more often considered credit cards or high-interest loans that are difficult to repay. Now, if you’re paying off your credit card in full each month, that can actually help your credit score, too. The key is to pay on time and be aware of what you can afford to pay off ultimately. Don’t overspend.

What happens if I miss a monthly payment on my credit card?

It depends. Every institution or loan may have specific terms for missed payments and it’s important to familiarize yourself with them before you sign up for a card, loan, or otherwise. Regardless, this does not positively impact your credit and over time can really hurt it.

Can I get a credit card if I have no credit?

Yes, you can. The options for which are available to you may vary though. You may need to start out with a card that is designated a “student credit card” or another introductory card with a higher APR due to your risk profile. But generally, there is a card out there for everyone. Just be sure to understand the minimums and APR you’ll be repaying for that card itself. If you are living paycheck-to-paycheck, a credit card may not be a great option for you just yet.

Why do we have “Credit.” Where does it come from?

Credit is, in other words, your buying or financial power. It’s your promise to pay back a balance from an institution, individual, or other entity. The history of credit dates back thousands of years. It has often been originally linked to farmers. As a farmer’s crops took time to grow, they would need to take out credit from the sellers for the initial seeds they would plant and pay them back plus interest when the harvest was complete, and they had cashflow from the sale of their crops.

Disclaimer: Avenica is not a financial institution or personal finance expert. The information above is for informational purposes only and should not be seen as financial guidance. You should always seek additional information from a financial professional before opening a credit card or taking on any level of debt.

How Parents Can Return to Work After an Employment Gap

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How Parents Can Return to Work After an Employment Gap

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A gap in employment has for a long time been considered a bad mark on your resume. However, because of the Pandemic, many individuals (including parents) were forced into a gap. For those individuals, a return to work may seem impossible.

For parents who have a gap in their employment due to the Pandemic or otherwise, we’ve pulled together three tips to get you started on your search.

Determine Your Career Goals

The first question to ask yourself is, “What do I want to do?” It might seem too simple or too vague, but this is the first step to ensuring that you’re doing something that fulfills your needs and your goals. For some this may mean returning to an old industry or your last role, but for others this may mean exploring new career paths or industries that get you closer to your career goals. Is it a certain salary you want to reach? Perhaps a title? Or maybe you’re just looking to do a little good in the world. Determine your career goals and put them on paper.

Identify Your Non-Negotiables

Your non-negotiables are essentially the things you cannot sacrifice when it comes to your career. For example, a “no go” for working parents could be that you need to be at pick-up for your children at 3:15pm each day. It could also mean that you need access to mental health support and resources. Create your own list of all the things you won’t compromise on. This tip is incredibly important for parents and will shape what options you take a closer look at.

Explore The Market

Resources like this blog and others are available to you as you begin your search. Block out time in your day to explore the job market and get an idea of what’s out there. While there are many jobs available right now, finding the right one for you still takes time. We recognize that for parents, spare time is one of the most rare and valuable commodities. Prioritize your exploration, dedicate one or two hours to this, and check out our current job postings to get started.

For more general tips on returning to employment after an employment gap or how to talk about an employment gap with a potential employer, check out the full interview below with WCCO | CBS Minnesota featuring our very own Lauren Olson.

 

About Avenica

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, browse our current job openings! We help entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals every day. To learn more about us, visit our About Us page.

How To Find Entry Level Remote Jobs

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How Parents Can Return to Work After an Employment Gap

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A gap in employment has for a long time been considered a bad mark on your resume. However, because of the Pandemic, many individuals (including parents) were forced into a gap. For those individuals, a return to work may seem impossible.

For parents who have a gap in their employment due to the Pandemic or otherwise, we’ve pulled together three tips to get you started on your search.

Determine Your Career Goals

The first question to ask yourself is, “What do I want to do?” It might seem too simple or too vague, but this is the first step to ensuring that you’re doing something that fulfills your needs and your goals. For some this may mean returning to an old industry or your last role, but for others this may mean exploring new career paths or industries that get you closer to your career goals. Is it a certain salary you want to reach? Perhaps a title? Or maybe you’re just looking to do a little good in the world. Determine your career goals and put them on paper.

Identify Your Non-Negotiables

Your non-negotiables are essentially the things you cannot sacrifice when it comes to your career. For example, a “no go” for working parents could be that you need to be at pick-up for your children at 3:15pm each day. It could also mean that you need access to mental health support and resources. Create your own list of all the things you won’t compromise on. This tip is incredibly important for parents and will shape what options you take a closer look at.

Explore The Market

Resources like this blog and others are available to you as you begin your search. Block out time in your day to explore the job market and get an idea of what’s out there. While there are many jobs available right now, finding the right one for you still takes time. We recognize that for parents, spare time is one of the most rare and valuable commodities. Prioritize your exploration, dedicate one or two hours to this, and check out our current job postings to get started.

For more general tips on returning to employment after an employment gap or how to talk about an employment gap with a potential employer, check out the full interview below with WCCO | CBS Minnesota featuring our very own Lauren Olson.

 

About Avenica

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, browse our current job openings! We help entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals every day. To learn more about us, visit our About Us page.

3 Journal Prompts for Your Job Search Process

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How Parents Can Return to Work After an Employment Gap

Avenica

A gap in employment has for a long time been considered a bad mark on your resume. However, because of the Pandemic, many individuals (including parents) were forced into a gap. For those individuals, a return to work may seem impossible.

For parents who have a gap in their employment due to the Pandemic or otherwise, we’ve pulled together three tips to get you started on your search.

Determine Your Career Goals

The first question to ask yourself is, “What do I want to do?” It might seem too simple or too vague, but this is the first step to ensuring that you’re doing something that fulfills your needs and your goals. For some this may mean returning to an old industry or your last role, but for others this may mean exploring new career paths or industries that get you closer to your career goals. Is it a certain salary you want to reach? Perhaps a title? Or maybe you’re just looking to do a little good in the world. Determine your career goals and put them on paper.

Identify Your Non-Negotiables

Your non-negotiables are essentially the things you cannot sacrifice when it comes to your career. For example, a “no go” for working parents could be that you need to be at pick-up for your children at 3:15pm each day. It could also mean that you need access to mental health support and resources. Create your own list of all the things you won’t compromise on. This tip is incredibly important for parents and will shape what options you take a closer look at.

Explore The Market

Resources like this blog and others are available to you as you begin your search. Block out time in your day to explore the job market and get an idea of what’s out there. While there are many jobs available right now, finding the right one for you still takes time. We recognize that for parents, spare time is one of the most rare and valuable commodities. Prioritize your exploration, dedicate one or two hours to this, and check out our current job postings to get started.

For more general tips on returning to employment after an employment gap or how to talk about an employment gap with a potential employer, check out the full interview below with WCCO | CBS Minnesota featuring our very own Lauren Olson.

 

About Avenica

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, browse our current job openings! We help entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals every day. To learn more about us, visit our About Us page.

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How Parents Can Return to Work After an Employment Gap

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A gap in employment has for a long time been considered a bad mark on your resume. However, because of the Pandemic, many individuals (including parents) were forced into a gap. For those individuals, a return to work may seem impossible.

For parents who have a gap in their employment due to the Pandemic or otherwise, we’ve pulled together three tips to get you started on your search.

Determine Your Career Goals

The first question to ask yourself is, “What do I want to do?” It might seem too simple or too vague, but this is the first step to ensuring that you’re doing something that fulfills your needs and your goals. For some this may mean returning to an old industry or your last role, but for others this may mean exploring new career paths or industries that get you closer to your career goals. Is it a certain salary you want to reach? Perhaps a title? Or maybe you’re just looking to do a little good in the world. Determine your career goals and put them on paper.

Identify Your Non-Negotiables

Your non-negotiables are essentially the things you cannot sacrifice when it comes to your career. For example, a “no go” for working parents could be that you need to be at pick-up for your children at 3:15pm each day. It could also mean that you need access to mental health support and resources. Create your own list of all the things you won’t compromise on. This tip is incredibly important for parents and will shape what options you take a closer look at.

Explore The Market

Resources like this blog and others are available to you as you begin your search. Block out time in your day to explore the job market and get an idea of what’s out there. While there are many jobs available right now, finding the right one for you still takes time. We recognize that for parents, spare time is one of the most rare and valuable commodities. Prioritize your exploration, dedicate one or two hours to this, and check out our current job postings to get started.

For more general tips on returning to employment after an employment gap or how to talk about an employment gap with a potential employer, check out the full interview below with WCCO | CBS Minnesota featuring our very own Lauren Olson.

 

About Avenica

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, browse our current job openings! We help entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals every day. To learn more about us, visit our About Us page.