While the world is shifting to a work-from-home model, video conferencing has become our number one outlet of professional and personal communication. For some people, this isn’t a huge change to their daily routine. However, for most newly remote workers- telecommuting can pose a few different challenges. Below are some steps you can take to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward (virtually).
- Test all equipment and software before any important meetings or interviews. Make sure to download all software well before the appointment and test the system, as well as it’s compatibility with your internet. Zoom, Skype and Google Meet are common video software of choice that you may be required to download. YouTube offers free tutorials for navigating such software, at the beginner, intermediate and expert levels.
- Dress appropriately. It’s easy for your wardrobe to go from business casual to sweatpants during a quarantine. It’s still important to appear presentable and alert during video meetings. Set aside a few button ups or blouses to have ready at a moment’s notice for a regroup meeting among coworkers or to have prepared days ahead of an interview. Another key contributor to your appearance on a video meeting is lighting. Test out your camera prior to the call and figure out where the best place in your house is to set up shop. This will help prevent shadows or being washed out by sunlight.
- Prepare notes or an agenda to reference to during the meeting. You can have this in front of you during the call, in an easily viewable spot to look at while still engaging with the other participant. If your meeting is a presentation or more interactive and you’ll need to click around, have your links readily available before the call begins. You can also practice your clicks to best navigate out of the meeting window to where you need to go.
Telecommuting is the new form of coworker interactions, job interviews, social gatherings, etc. Following the suggestions above can help ease the transition from real world to virtual world, as well as make coping with Covid a little bit less stressful.