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Hybrid Competence, the New Career Builder

Hybrid competence—a new term defined as the skills needed for success in a hybrid or remote work environment—might just be the way to a new job, according to an article in Business Insider.

Workers with hybrid competence are able to toggle between video calls and instant messaging platforms, move seamlessly between working at home and in person, and develop relationships remotely. They multitask and think flexibly. And while some possess these skills innately, others can learn them with practice.

Being organized and building relationships are two traits common to skilled hybrid workers. Of course, organizational skills are beneficial to all work situations, but they are of particular importance when working in an environment that requires managing multiple tasks. Likewise, building and maintaining work relationships are always integral to success in any field. But workers who excel at hybrid competence navigate relationships over a network. When done well, this skill results in making an employee more visible to supervisors, which in turn helps the employee receive the resources necessary to excel in a position.

Hybrid skills have become so critical that experts say they should be highlighted on a résumé as a way to stand out from the competition. Mark Mortensen, a professor of organizational behavior who researches remote work, offers tips for demonstrating hybrid competence on a résumé.

First, he suggests combining two résumé formats: chronological and functional. He says doing so shows the job seeker’s top skills and how they’ve been put to use in a hybrid environment while illustrating how those skills relate to the desired new position. The key to this type of résumé is to show the “how” with the “what,” Mortensen says. He also advises highlighting social network skills to demonstrate an ability to develop and maintain social connections remotely.

Discussion

  1. Why do you think Mortensen considers network awareness management an aspect of EQ (emotional intelligence)?
  2. When an employee works from home, what kinds of situations affect the worker’s ability to be effective in a remote job?
  3. How can job seekers learn these important networking skills and develop hybrid competence?

Should Job Seekers Add Vaccination Status to Résumés?

Some job candidates are adding a new line-item to their résumés, applications, and LinkedIn profiles as a way to improve their chances for gaining a position: Covid-19 vaccination status. Employers seem to like it.

Some recruiters say they prefer to see information about vaccine status on applications because it eliminates surprises later in the hiring process, a fact verified by research. A ResumeBuilder survey of 1,250 hiring managers disclosed that nearly 70 percent preferred candidates who had been vaccinated. One third actually rejected résumés that failed to mention vaccination status.

These employer-driven preferences have resulted in a new look to job search materials: a front-and-center declaration of vaccination status. This can take various forms. One recent college grad added a “fully vaccinated” line item to her cover letter and LinkedIn profile to demonstrate to possible employers that she “cared about the health and safety of others.” Other job searchers have taken to spelling out fully vaccinated after their current job title.

The phenomenon has even affected those applying for remote and hybrid jobs. The same ResumeBuilder survey found that 61 percent of employers whose workforces are primarily remote want their staff to be vaccinated. Over 70 percent of hiring managers also want vaccinated applicants for hybrid positions.

With Covid-19 variants morphing and continuing to sicken thousands, vaccinated employees have a leg up simply because they require less from employers—unvaccinated employees need to be tested weekly to show they are free from the virus, often at the employer’s expense.

Still, not all job seekers are convinced being forthcoming about their vaccine stance is wise, saying they would prefer to hired for their merits rather than their vaccine status.

It’s worthy to note that employers have the legal right to ask job seekers about their vaccination status. However, that information, once known, must be kept separate from the employee’s personnel file due to HIPAA regulations.

Discussion

  1. Aside from health reasons, why do hiring managers respond positively to seeing vaccination status on résumés?
  2. Why do some résumé coaches advise against including vaccination information, even if candidates are vaccinated?
  3. What are some of the negatives employers face if they require applicants to include vaccination status?

 

What to Do if You’ve Been Ghosted After an Interview

You leave the interview feeling great—you had established rapport with the interviewer, she was impressed with your résumé, and she assured you that you’d hear from her soon. And then you wait. And wait. And wait.

You’ve been ghosted. If you have a reasonable justification for expecting to hear back from a recruiter after one or several interviews and do not, you have been ghosted. But take solace, because you’re not alone. A recent survey found that 75 percent of job seekers are ghosted after an interview.

Ghosting can occur for several reasons, all of which are outside the candidate’s control. A company may have decided to hire an in-house candidate, or it eliminated the position altogether. Perhaps the interviewer left the position or went on vacation. Sometimes the hiring process just takes longer than expected.

Candidates are not completely out in the cold, however, and experts offer advice about how to deal with not hearing back from an employer after an interview.

  • Ask for a hiring timeline during the interview.
  • Follow up after the interview with a message showing appreciation for the opportunity.
  • Wait four days after the hiring date before asking the hiring manager about the status of the position via text or phone call. Make it brief and include your name, date of interview, job title, enthusiasm for the position, and an offer to provide more information.
  • Check professional networking sites to learn about the status of the position.
  • Contact other individuals in the company with a polite message asking about next steps.
  • Practice interviewing techniques. It can be difficult to spring back after being ghosted, but rehearsing for interviews can remind you of your skills and abilities.
  • Move past the experience. Apply your efforts to the next opportunity rather than wallowing in the past.

Discussion

  1. What purpose(s) does a follow-up phone call or message serve after an interview?
  2. How can you prepare for the post-interview conversation so that you feel more comfortable and avoid gaffes?
  3. Why do experts advise against leaving more than one voicemail message requesting to hear about the status of a position?