The last 18 months (at least as I remember them) …
February 2020 – there are growing concerns about a new virus. A major outbreak in the Seattle area.
March 2020 – like a lightning bolt, suddenly we are on lockdown. Only essential workers can go to work. Most business closed and everyone working from home or out of a job. Surely this can’t last too long, can it?
August 2020 – Life is better. Masks, social distancing, testing. Schools are opening with many virtual learning. Zoom is the big thing.
March 2021 – the vaccine is available, things are getting better, we’re going to be okay. We can start to take off our masks.
Present day – What has happened? We barely have half of the eligible population vaccinated. Governors are outlawing requirements to wear masks or get vaccinated. The hospitals are again reaching capacity. Cases and deaths are increasing. Masks are back. Is another shut-down looming?
There is a lot going on in society and business that we can’t control. But there is one thing we each can control. So, if you are looking for a job, get the shot. If you have a job, get the shot. If you choose not to work, get the shot. From a job-search coach’s perspective, here are three reasons why:
- Simple practicality – Being fully vaccinated will allow you to work for the growing number of companies that require all workers to be vaccinated.
- Your own heath – the vaccine is safe and effective, and you are much less likely to get the virus, or get seriously sick, if you’ve been vaccinated.
- Everyone else – Being vaccinated means that you are less likely to contract COVID-19 which means you are less likely to spread it to others who are not able to get vaccinated.
This is not about politics. This is about public health, personal responsibility, protecting yourself, and making yourself more employable. GET THE SHOT! If you are struggling with other aspects of your job search, this might help. https://im-fired.com/about-the-book/