Category: Career Issues

Working from home during a Pandemic

The last few months (feels like years) have been a series of constant changes in how we do pretty much everything. The biggest change for many is the new task of working completely from home during a pandemic. If you are like me, you never really planned to work from home ever! Being a therapist in-person work is what I have always wanted to do. I’ve spent many hours setting my office up to create the therapeutic space I feel is the most conducive to healing. But now, I’m lucky if I get to go into my office once a month, and I haven’t seen a client face to face in over two months.

My work/life balance has been blurred, with my boundaries needing to constantly change. Job stress is at an all-time high for most of my clients, and if I’m being honest was for me at first as well. So, how do we cope with working from home during a pandemic? Here are 10 tips to help.

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Job Stress During a Pandemic

If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve likely encountered some kind of job stress. Most of us aren’t in a position to choose our co-workers, our managers, or the leadership of our organization. Sometimes we don’t like projects or tasks we’re given to do. We can feel overqualified or underqualified – or that we’re just in the wrong job. Sometimes we find ourselves with a co-worker who isn’t pulling their weight or is unpleasant or uncooperative. We can feel unsupported by our manager, who may not truly understand what we have to offer or whom we may feel is underqualified for their job. Company leaders can make decisions that seem outright wrong to us, that go against our values, or that seem to elevate only them.

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Changing Careers in a Pandemic

There are many reasons people decide to change careers: boredom, burnout, having a career that wasn’t the right fit in the first place, the desire to try something new. . . Changing careers is far more acceptable today than it was even 10 years ago. It used to be that a career change on a resumé would prompt a hiring manager to raise an eyebrow, suspicious of the reasons behind the change. Now, career changes are so commonplace that they’re almost expected. One article I found suggested that folks change careers an average of 5-7 times in their working lifetime!

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Finding a Job During a Pandemic

Finding a job can be hard enough, but finding a job in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic can seem almost impossible. Many companies that are still open have implemented a hiring freeze, some are downsizing operations, and some have closed and may never re-open. Multitudes of folks have been laid off  and are now coping with job loss. If you’re one of those that needs to find a new job, do you have to just wait and sit idly by, frustrated, until the economy opens up again? Is there anything you can or should be doing right now to find a new job? As it turns out, there is.

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Coping with Job Loss

Why is job loss stressful? 

I’ve often heard the phrase “It’s just a job” thrown around, and while that may be true in some ways, a job can represent so much to us. It’s the way we pay our bills, provide for our families, have social interactions, and often forms much of our identity. Because of these things, losing a job can be extremely stressful. In the age of COVID-19, people are losing their jobs much more frequently, and often it is entirely unexpected, but there are some things you can do to help with the psychological coping with job loss.

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Things We All Need When Job Searching

Looking for a job? Maybe you’ve just left your last position because of budget cuts, or it wasn’t the right fit, or you’re just burnt out and want to do something more meaningful to you. Or maybe you haven’t left yet because you can’t afford to or because you’re not sure how to even start looking for a new job, or you just don’t know yet what it is you want to be doing instead. Maybe you’re trying to re-enter the workforce after an extended leave and you have no idea how to go about finding a job in this day and age. What does “networking” actually mean? Why do I have to do it? What is LinkedIn? Do I have to have a profile? Do I have to fill the whole thing out?

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How Lying Hurts The Liar

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Fault vs. Responsibility

Live True Counseling therapist, Julie Osburne, Professional Counselor Associate, discusses the existential concept of “responsibility,” …

Navigating Together: Affordable Therapy for Collective Growth

At Live True Counseling, our core mission has always been rooted in existential-humanistic values. We believe that every …