Mother Lode Works Vol. 8

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This week in Mother Lode Works... - Maximize Your Job Search: Finding Work During the Pandemic

- Virtual Recruitment Events

- MLJT Success Story: Dental Assisting Institute

- COVID-19 Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant

Up to Date COVID-19 Information - The official website for California COVID-19 Response daily updates and resources. - EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.

Maximize Your Job Search: Finding Work During the Pandemic

Whether you are finding yourself out of work for the first time, or unfortunately have been here before, there are some real concrete things for you to think about and do to maximize your job search efforts.

The first is to ask yourself some questions to assess how serious you are about working. Do you want to or need to work right now? Do you need to earn a specific amount of money for it to be worth it? Is any paycheck better than no paycheck?

If you answered no to all of these questions, then you probably don’t need to read the rest of this article. However, if you answered yes to any of them, then you are in job search mode, whether you want to be or not. Being in job search mode means that you are now in sales. Congratulations! Your unpaid position now is as the lead sales representative for yourself.

So why should employers “buy” you?

Showcase your skills : Really shine up your strongest abilities and characteristics and practice bragging about yourself. It doesn’t come naturally to most of us in this culture, but you’ll need to get used to it.

Feature your availability : If you already have the capacity to work from home, great! Focus on that and describe how you do it, from the equipment you use to the time management you employ when you’re doing it. Are you available whenever you’re needed? Are you flexible? Digitally organized?

Get prepared to work from home: Now is the time to get a home based work space set up, and to start using those remote work applications, like Zoom, TEAMS, gotomeeting, and others. Ask places like Mother Lode Job Training to help you. Remote work requires a different skill set and it is in your best interest to get those skills, so that more opportunities for working safely during the pandemic are available to you.

Get your tools ready: Your essential tools for selling yourself are still your application, resume, and interview – but now these are going to be delivered digitally and not with an in person handshake.

Online application hints: Be sure to look at every single section of the Form you are filling out. Don’t leave things blank! Some forms require you to enter things like dates or job duties in specific ways. Some make you put your work history in reverse chronological order. Some require the full address and phone number of your previous supervisor. You must be careful and thorough when completing the application form, so take your time. If you can save your progress while you are in the process, then DO IT. Remember that these are legal documents and you must be as accurate as possible. If asked to describe your job duties, don’t just write “see resume”. Use the space to expand on the information in your resume for those jobs- and to use key words that are related to the job you are applying for. It should take you about 1 to 2 hours to fill out an online application- this is NOT something to rush through.

Critique your own resume : Imagine you are the hiring person and look at your resume as if seeing it for the first time. Ask yourself if you would hire you. Does it answer the questions? Does it provide a solution to the problem facing the business you want to work for? Does it emphasize the NEW skills and competencies needed for the changed work environment?

  • Safety trained – or able to follow public health guidelines

  • Assertive and helpful – Customer service providers need to be able to be assertive with customers who don’t know how or don’t want to follow public health guidelines

  • Work Ethic – Right now, this character trait is vitally important to businesses. This does NOT mean you show up to work even if you are sick – what this means is that you prioritize work, making sure that you can be counted upon, and keeping your word.

Interviews: On camera, if you are using your phone or computer or laptop, practice talking into the camera and not into the face of the other person on the screen. It seems weird, but with practice it will get more comfortable.

Be well aware of your surroundings- what’s in the background, both in terms of visual and sound. You will still need to prepare for interviews by practicing talking about yourself, preparing examples of how you work and what skills you can demonstrate. See job seeker tips in Virtual Recruitment article below for more information.

Check your social media profile: Absolutely nothing can kill an opportunity like an inappropriate post on Twitter or Facebook. DO NOT EVER have posts where you have criticized a former employer. Do not have references to topics regarding illegal activities. Check your posts (including ones you share or like) for potentially offensive materials. Political speech is protected speech, but do you really want it to keep you from getting your dream job? Was liking that Meme that important to you that you’d miss the opportunity for a career? Maybe and maybe not- so look at your social media with a set of fresh eyes and see if anything jumps out at you as a potential red flag.

MLJT Virtual Recruitment Events: Tips for Job Seekers and Businesses


Employers partake in recruitment events because they are looking for job seekers like yourself. Just because they are held virtually does not make that any different. With this advice in hand, navigate the new waters of virtual recruitment events with ease. You never know—it just might get your foot in the door, or even land you the job of your dreams.