Are You A Hospitality Professional? What to Do During COVID-19 !!
April 6th, 2020 / #hospitality, Blog, Clip member profile, COVID-19, Global Hospitality, Mental Health, Uncategorized /
If you are a professional in the hospitality sector, we don’t need to tell you what you already know: COVID-19 has hit the hospitality and tourism sector with unbelievable damage. As hospitality and tourism companies shut their doors across the world, millions have lost their jobs and livelihoods.
If you have found yourself as a new member of the millions-strong job loss population, you may be asking yourself “What do I do now?”
At Clipboard, we understand the fear and anxiety that may have you paralyzed right now.
While you may not be able to leave your home during this time of social isolation, there are several simple yet vital moves you can make to take advantage of this time of uncertainty, as well as prepare to come out on the other end stronger than ever.
First and most important – Stay Safe
Before we go any further, let’s be clear: Stay safe!
One of the best things you can do for yourself during this time is to ensure that your health and the health of those near you are being protected. Look up your local and national governmental recommendations for how to best protect yourself and others, and take all necessary precautions to help save lives.
It has never been more important for us all to stay home for the safety and health of one another.
Though many of us have lost a lot economically, we can all do our part to ensure that we don’t lose any more lives to COVID-19.
Stay Connected with Your Family and Friends
Just because you may be alone doesn’t mean you have to stay that way.
A unique opportunity created by COVID-19 in 2020 is our access to technology.
Online web conference applications such as Zoom and WebEx – which were once relegated to workplace conference calls – is now being used by families and friends to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other milestones. Some have even begun hosting digital happy hours to get through these dark times!
These platforms/Apps are free to use.
With the advent of social media channels like Facebook and Instagram, it’s never been easier to create a personal brand and reach out to a limitless audience. I
f you haven’t taken advantage of putting your professional brand online, this may be the perfect time to go live online!
Be Active – Mentally and Physically
When we are all locked up inside, it becomes more important than ever to maintain a healthy physical and mental state. One of the best ways to keep growing in your health routines is to take advantage of the online communities that are popping up across the internet.
Join an online virtual exercise group via popular streaming services such as Zoom and Google Hangouts to take part in community workouts.
Download a meditation or workout app such as Smiling mind to your phone and start looking after your mental state.
Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.
Check out online telehealth counseling apps such as Cyber Clinic to talk to a certified counselor about your mental state.
Cyber Clinic is an online Mental Health Clinic providing face to face consultations.
Upskill Your Talents and Abilities
When the world goes into shutdown, most people have two choices: Stay paralyzed by doom and gloom headlines, or get busy getting better.
If you have found yourself with a hundreds of companies and brands have heavily discounted online courses and classes for individuals to learn new skills and hone their talents.
Take advantage of these courses to shake up your skillset and learn new abilities.
For example, if you are (or once was before COVID-19) a bartender, take a class on bar management to gain the skills and experience needed to rise in your Bar/Pub once the doors reopen!
Most Importantly: Stay Connected with The Hospitality Network Via Clipboard
At Clipboard, our online doors are still wide open for you to continue to showcase your skills and talents to the world. With more and more hospitality professionals going online during the lockdown, this is the best time to build your online presence and portfolio.
Are you a chef who is practicing new recipes during isolation?
Write up your recipe, film yourself cooking, and upload your #SKILLS to our ever-growing online community via Clipboard! You never know who you may impress, or what can happen in this new online economy!
This too shall pass. When the virus peaks and life begins to go back to a (new) normal, your digital resume on your Clipboard account will be the best tool at your disposal to impress clients and land your next big role.
So what will you do during this time of corona virus? Will you come out stronger? The choice is yours!
Clip! Connect! Create! Care!