If you are like most of us, the chaos of the last couple of weeks is forcing more social distancing which creates more time on Social Media.

This is good and it’s bad.  I do say limit your time on SM, studies have shown there are more depression and anxiety around SM and some have even characterized some depressions as Social Media Depression, that’s depressing!  I know for me seeing all the vacations, laughter and parties when I am doing none of those things can be hard to see.  Most are not going to post the tough times or the trials, those are not fun things to share and most of us aren’t as proud of those times even those times can really build character and courage to muster through.  I know for me my trials and tough times have been painful but when I sit in that pain and learn more about myself, my emotions and my behaviors, I can grow and change which is so empowering!

I say use SM to raise you up! Not bring you down. I challenge people now more than ever to be networking on SM, they can be building their business or their business network in their industry.  If you are or are not looking for a job, networking is always a good thing – you can learn from others in your industry who are experiencing the same challenges you are, you can build more business/sales, or you can gain new partners in business. But if you are looking for a job, LinkedIn is ideal, you may find an ideal employer or someone who works for the ideal employer that you can engage with. I tell people if you are job searching, you should be spending as much time on LinkedIn as you do on Instagram!  And now is an ideal time to be doing this, more employers are on LI as they have more time than usual, most is not having to commute and so instead of spending time in their cars, they have more time to catch up on emails and on LI themselves. Join groups, join clubs and get involved in chats, this is an ideal way to learn from others and maybe find your next job!

Employers are still hiring! Even though most of us are asked to do less socializing, doesn’t mean employers aren’t hiring, they just may be doing more of it remotely.  You may find you need to be more familiar with Zoom and be ready to do an interview via webcam vs face to face, times may be changing and hiring may look different so we need to be flexible with the market, the more flexible you are, the more the process will work for you!

Also, pay attention to the job boards out there, LI has a job posting sections but Indeed and CareerBuilder are also other really good boards to see who is hiring and for what types of jobs.  So don’t sit back and let your extra time now go idle, use this time to benefit you, you may be pleasantly surprised!

I would love to hear from you, inmail me on LI, DM me on Instagram or send me a message on Facebook.