June 4, 2020

Preparing to Re-Enter the Workforce for the Sales Professional

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Businesses are getting the green light across the nation to reopen now or in the near future.  After the shut-down resulting from the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, many states are allowing businesses to reopen in phases.  While some industries may need to wait longer than others to reopen, some have already been granted permission to reopen.  The caveat in most areas means reopening with additional rules and regulations in place to promote social distancing and hygiene measures such as requiring face masks, hand sanitizer stations and proper signage.

While businesses are doing their part to ensure the workplace is safe to return to and prepare to open their doors, there are some things that you can be doing to prepare yourself for re-entry into the workforce.   

Communicate

Communicate with your employer over any concerns you may have.  For instance, many working parents are suddenly left without childcare.  Schools are closed and childcare centers are open only for the children of essential workers such as hospital staff.  If you find yourself without childcare when your workplace reopens, communicate with your employer.  If you were able to work from home during the pandemic, your employer may let you continue to work from home after the reopening - though this may not always be possible.

It is understandable that many will have concerns regarding their health and safety when going back to work.  The news is filled with numbers slowly climbing higher of those contracting the virus.  There are debates about whether the economy is reopening too soon and even more talk of a possible resurgence.  We’ve all heard comparisons to the Spanish flu where the resurgence was more deadly than the first go around.  Talk to your employer.  Find out what measures they’re taking to promote a healthy workplace.  Will they require everyone to wear masks?  Will they provide masks to their employees?  Are they going to make hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaning materials easily accessible?

Review your Resume

If you’ve procrastinated (or just really haven’t had the time) and haven’t reviewed and updated your resume during the downtime, now is your chance.  Carve out an hour or so to sit down and update your resume to ensure it is accurate and up to date.  The mindset isn’t that you’re going to lose your job, but that you should be conducting periodic reviews of your resume. 

Don’t forget your professional profiles!  While you’re reviewing and updating your resume, take the time to also do the same for any professional profiles, such as LinkedIn.  Put your best foot forward by ensuring an accurate and complete digital profile.  Perhaps your company website has your bio on it - this is a great time to make any revisions to your bio, emphasizing any competencies and accomplishments.

Professional Development

Work on and/or finish up any professional development courses.  Once you reach your career goals, development doesn’t just stop there.  You should always have goals and always be on the lookout for opportunities to further yourself and your career.  Technology changes rapidly and so does the economy.  To sit stagnant in your professional development is to willfully ignore those changes.  Stay ahead of the curve by learning new skills and achieving new certifications. 

There are many opportunities out there for professional development that are free.  Make use of your downtime by taking advantage of those.  HubSpot Academy has some great, free certification marketing courses, Google Think offers some free courses in a wide range of areas.  The opportunities are out there, you just have to look.

Keep in mind that any training required by your employer such as annual sexual harassment training should be paid for by your employer.  You should also be reimbursed for your time in attending any required annual training mandated by your employer.

Be Proactive

Upon going back to work, be proactive in ensuring the office is in compliance with any rules and regulations regarding COVID-19.  Help wipe down frequently used surfaces, ensure you’re wearing the proper PPE and that you’re washing your hands frequently and help enforce social distancing measures.  This is your workspace, too, so you shouldn’t rely on someone else to do it for you.  Let’s not forget that we are in it together.

Be Positive

Employers may be required, or at least strongly encouraged, to test and monitor employees for COVID-19 at the on-set of their shift.  Understand that this is to protect you, your co-workers and any customers that visit your office and is not done with any malicious intentions.

Bear in mind that you along with all of your customers have just been sheltering in place for the last several months.  There’s still widespread fear and panic over the virus and emotions may be running high.  Try to have patience with your co-workers and customers as we all come to terms with this new normal.

 

Position yourself for success as the economy begins to slowly reopen.  It won’t be like this forever.

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