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How to find work during a pandemic: pieces of advice from our Corona Heroes

How to find work during a pandemic: pieces of advice from our Corona Heroes

During times of hardship, community is more important than ever. That’s why we have reached out to Cooplers who were incredibly active and worked a lot of shifts during the pandemic to share their secrets to success with the rest of our communityYou might have seen them on our social channels a couple of weeks agoThese unwavering members of our community have stepped up to share their advice and experience to help you on your way to success. 

We’ve received a lot of amazing feedback and advice and summarized them here. We encourage you to heed their learnings and apply their advice to supplement your own working journey.  

Our Corona Heroes advise you to: 

  • Be sure to complete your profile and make sure it is in the best shape it can be! Upload and update your CV with your most relevant work experience and ensure you have uploaded all the relevant job profiles (with suitable experience levels) to your account 
  • Following on the last point, ensure that you have completed the “About Me” section of your profile – this is your chance to sell your skills and suitability to companies, so be sure to make the most of this space with a few short sentences! Upon reading, companies should be able to tell that you are a reliable and motivated worker 
  • Talk to companies you have previously worked with through Coople and let your enthusiasm and reliability be known! Let companies know that you are ready and willing to work under new safety measures or adjusted hours. Most companies are happy to rely on the support of Cooplers during such tough times, so be proactive in reaching out at the end of your current shift! 
  • Talk to co-workers at your shift. They often know a lot about the workplace you’re at and if there might even be a longer-term job opportunity. And even if not, you don’t lose anything by widening your network and getting to know new people.  
  • Turn on notifications and job requests to avoid missing out on new opportunities as they come in. Try to apply as quickly as possible so companies can see your application right away! 
  • Check the app regularly and consider expanding your search radius and the scope of jobs you are willing to do 
  • Apply for as many jobs as possible, even if they are not the kind of jobs you would typically apply forThink about the needs of workplaces and remain flexible to new opportunities that come your way. Don’t be afraid to try something new and don’t let rejection get to you  it’s inevitable, especially in such times of crisis, but all you need is just one acceptance to lead to success! 

Once again, thanks from all of us at Coople to our hardworking Corona Heroes for your tireless efforts! On the behalf of the rest of our community, we thanand applaud you for selflessly sharing your advice as community mentors 

If you are looking for more tips and tricks to increase your hireability, make sure to give our help centre and other blog articles a read! Here are a few other articles you might be interested in reading… 

The signs of burnout and how to recover

The signs of burnout and how to recover

What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion caused by overexertion and excessive and prolonged stress. Symptoms include frequent illness and lowered immunity, constant fatigue, loss of motivation and reduced performance. 

It’s by no means a rare phenomena, either – a study found that the rate of burnout in Switzerland is increasing rapidly, with work stoppages due to stress rising by 50% since 2012. The Swiss government also found that stress and burnout costs the economy roughly CHF10 billion per annum. On top of that, research has also shown that burnout not only affects your wellbeing, your brain(!) and performance, but can cause strain on relationships too. Due to its widespread effects, prevention and treatment is key.

Early warning signs

Pre-burnout and depression share many similar symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Increased cynicism and negative outlook
  • Persistent tiredness
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Increased sugar/alcohol consumption
  • Decreased quality of work

Overcoming burnout

We’ve gathered a number of tips to guide you through overcoming mild cases of burnout below. In more severe cases, we advise our Cooplers to reach out to more appropriate sources of support such as mental health support lines or local practising doctors for advisory guidance. Remember, you are not alone in your struggle, nor do you have to suffer in silence!

1. Find a healthy work-life balance
As the Coople mantra goes: work to live, don’t live to work! Life is about more than just the 9-5 (or whatever flexible hours you choose as a Coopler) grind. Pursue creative endeavours, invest time in your interests and social life to reconnect with life outside of work.

2. Take time for yourself
Exercise, a quality sleep schedule, nourishing meals and proper “me time” – these are all touted regularly as treatments for stress and other similar ailments, but for good reason. Having a solid self care routine can do wonders for the busy individual, so make sure you’re setting time aside each day to disconnect from work and focus on yourself and your wellbeing.

3. Set boundaries
If you’re reaching capacity on what you can manage in your personal and work life, don’t be afraid to take a stance and say “no”.

If you’re feeling on the cusp of (pre)burnout, it’s also a good idea to take a step back to assess the underlying cause. Are you working too many long nights? Are your social obligations, fitness goals and home life on top of your work aspirations too much to balance? Once you pinpoint the root, you can begin recuperating.

Remember: if you’re suffering from (pre)burnout, there are sources of support you can reach out to for guidance. We recommend you to call your GP for advice and necessary health assessments, or dial 143 to reach the “Helping Hand” counselling helpline. Alternatively, you can reach out to our team at +41 44 554 50 00 for advice and further support. 

As a Flex Worker in times of COVID-19 – what are the options?

As a Flex Worker in times of COVID-19 – what are the options?

As Switzerland’s largest flex worker platform, we are aware that the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak is hitting hardest the workers who are paramount to the flexibility of our economy.

In this article we want to show you:

  • What legal options are available to flex workers, our Coopers
  • What we as a company are doing to improve your situation

What options are available to Cooplers in this situation?

Below are the various options available to flex workers in the legal context and information on admission criteria and procedures.

SHORT-TIME WORK COMPENSATION (KAE)

On 20th January 2021, the Federal Council decided to implement the amendments to the Covid-19-Act originally introduced in December 2020. Despite repeated interventions by swissstaffing and the umbrella organisations, the Federal Council refrained from extending short time work to temporary workers.

Swissstaffing has campaigned, for the reintroduction of short time work for temporary workers, at parliamentary and administrative level, as well as in a letter to the Federal Council. However, the Federal Council and the administration have remained firm and have unfortunately not fulfilled their wishes. Coople regrets their desicion extraordinarily.

REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT CENTRES (RAV)

When looking for a job, you are entitled to the services of the regional employment centres (RAV) free of charge. They encourage you to re-enter the labour market quickly. However, you can only claim unemployment insurance (ALV) benefits if you are registered with the RAV and are looking for work. 

The following groups are entitled to advice on finding a job:

  • People with a valid work permit for Switzerland
  • Persons with a valid settlement or residence permit

Additionally, you are entitled to additional financial support from the ALV if you meet the following criteria:

  • Persons who have worked for at least 12 months within the last 2 years and paid ALV contributions (automatically deducted from Coople’s salary)

Important: If you need an employer certificate for this, please write a short message to info.ch@coople.com with the subject “employer certificate”.

You can find your responsible RAV here.

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

More than 270,000 people in Switzerland receive social assistance. Social assistance is the support system in place when someone can no longer find work, all assets have been used up and none of the social insurance schemes are responsible. Around one third of those of working age receiving social assistance are wholly or partially employed. However, their income is not enough to cover their living costs.

All Swiss residents are entitled to social assistance. The decisive factor is the neediness or the existence of an emergency, not the cause of the emergency.

Social assistance is only of subsidiary importance. In other words, before social assistance can be claimed, one’s own resources (income, assets and own labour, benefits from third parties, insurance benefits and maintenance claims) must be exhausted.

Further important information and answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found directly at the Swiss Conference on Social Welfare (SKOS), though please note that the site is only available in DE, FR and IT. Please contact the SKOS directly with specific questions about your personal situation. 

What is Coople doing to improve my situation?

It is very important to us that you – our Cooplers – understand that we are well aware of how difficult the current situation is for many of you. However, our hands are tied by legislation as well as instructions from the Swiss government and we cannot implement new regulations, such as short-time work, as quickly as we would like to. 

As a flexible recruiter, we are always anxious to connect employees with open jobs in companies in a goal-oriented and fast way. In the current situation we are therefore focusing strongly on the acquisition of new customers and the implementation of partnerships in the highly demanded areas of retail, logistics, delivery services, call centers, security services, health and agriculture, in order to be able to offer you additional jobs as quickly as possible. 

We have already been able to successfully implement this strategy in a very short time – and you can benefit from this:

  • Cooperation between Swiss companies and agricultural associations to secure the 2020 harvest → Read the press release here.
    Add the Promoter job profile so that you can soon apply for Coople jobs in the agricultural sector. 
  • New acquisition of national supermarket chains
    Thanks to your steadfast motivation, we were able to cover the increased personnel requirements of several large supermarket chains in all regions of Switzerland and thus secure further orders and incoming jobs. Thanks to this cooperation, we have already been able to offer you more than 2’300 new jobs in the areas of checkout, logistics and security. This is also your victory!
  • New acquisition of large online retailers
    Once again, thanks to your commitment to us, we acquired several new customers to rely on our Cooplers in the future during peak demand periods. Through this cooperation we have already been able to offer you more than 200 new jobs in the logistics sector. 


How to find flexible work in the next weeks

Read this short blog post and add more job profiles that are currently in high demand. 

We also recommend you to use this time to update your documents, fill out your Coopler profile completely, upload all documents and add a profile picture. It is important that you are ready to start as soon as the situation on the job market returns to normal. It also helps if you regularly open the app and proactively search for jobs. This way you will always be the first to know when there are new jobs, and you will also get more jobs sent to you, as activity is an important factor in our algorithm.

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Avoid setting the wrong goals for your flexible work

Avoid setting the wrong goals for your flexible work

We’ve all been there: every New Year, we dream big and tell ourselves that this is the year we’ll finally get it together and achieve that long awaited goal. Then, a few months down the line, all attempts to keep up our resolutions are long gone and forgotten about. This is not different for our (flexible) work goals.

If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone – research shows that ¼ of resolutions are abandoned within a week, and less than 1/10 people actually manage to keep their resolutions until the end of the year. Why does this happen? Well, it turns out there’s a science of sorts when it comes to making sure you get the most out of your resolution(s) – read on for 3 main pitfalls to watch out for when setting your goals.

Having unrealistic (and unachievable) flexible work goals

Taking the opportunity to change yourself for the better is always good, but it’s how we go about it that is key to success. Rather than pursuing big, fantastical but unattainable goals, it’s a good idea to focus on smaller, more realistic goals to ensure that you have the best possible chance of achieving whatever it is you set out to do. In flexible work, this could mean setting slightly lower financial goals, or aiming to learn new skills one at a time. 

Expecting immediate results

Don’t lose hope – good things come to those who wait. On average, it takes around 2 months to form a habit and for behaviour to become automatic. It takes time for you to see results from all the hard work you put in towards your goals, so don’t be put off if it takes longer than expected to get to where you want to be. Slow and steady wins the race! In flexible work, remember that it might take a number of shifts until an employer recognises your dedication. And it might take several applications until you get the job you want.

Lack of support

No matter how independent you are, we can all benefit from a bit of support to encourage us to keep going on the days motivation run low. Support can come from many different sources – friends, family, and even paid coaches and counsellors. We hope to support you with inspiring stories on our social media profiles and in our blog. Read up on how others have achieved their flexible work goals.

Now you have all the important tips for successful goal setting and achievement. Good luck!

Why flexible work might be the perfect post-grad path

Why flexible work might be the perfect post-grad path

Let’s make something clear: life post-graduation is confusing. With the myriad of different options available to you, it can be difficult to know which one is the one for you… So why limit yourself to just one? If you’re fresh out of University and unsure which path to take, here are 5 reasons why the field of flexible work might be the right post-grad option for you.


  1. SKILLS

Jack of all trades, master of none; but oftentimes better than master of one. Working flexibly offers you the opportunity to dabble in as many fields as you like and pick up enriching skills in different areas post-graduation. You might even find an undiscovered passion along the way! If you’re keen on trying something new, why not have a look at the jobs available on the Coople platform? From hospitality to events, office and retail, we’ve got it all. 

  1. TIME

The best thing about working flexibly is working on your own time. Unlike permanent jobs, which often have rigid work schedules, flexible jobs gives you the opportunity to work whenever best suits you. You no longer have to worry about the strict 9-5 schedule day in and day out – you work on your own time. That means a better work-life balance and less stress for you!

  1. EXPERIENCE

Gathering experience from lots of different roles and hopping from one workplace to another helps to prevent blank spaces on your CV, which can put off employers. It also helps to showcase your versatility and ability to adapt in new settings, which is valued no matter where you work or what you work as. Flexible work is a great post-grad option if you haven’t found that perfect job just yet.

  1. NETWORKS

The great thing about working across various industries is that you’re sure to build amazing connections along the way. Building your network goes a long way to further your career and personal growth. With all your talented teammates around you, you’re bound to gain invaluable experiences (and maybe even a great reference or two!) to prepare you for your future steps.

  1. HAPPINESS

Working on your own terms, having a healthier work-life balance, choosing and enjoying the work that you do… It can only lead to better daily outlook on life! One major benefit of flexible working is the positivity it brings – whether it’s at work or in your downtime, being the one calling the shots in your own life helps you feel more relaxed and fulfilled. 

Temp work allows you to reclaim control over your career and live life on your own terms, so if you’re struggling to find work that feels right for you, why not join Coople to kickstart your flexible work journey? Get started with this week’s featured jobs at https://www.coople.com/ch/en/jobs/ – happy exploring!

Completing your Coople CV

Completing your Coople CV

Completeing a Coople CV is one of the most important things you’ll have to do before you can begin working with Coople. Along with proper identification, Coople needs to check your CV to make sure you have the right experience and skills for the job profiles that you apply with.

We’ve previously given you tips on how to optimize your CV for a job application, where we showed you how to structure your professional working experience and include your educational background, soft skills, and hard skills in a presentable way. However, a Coople CV is different from the CV that you would submit to a potential employer. When uploading your CV onto Coople, here are some important things to keep in mind.

More is More in your Coople CV

Compared to applying for jobs directly with an employer, applying for jobs on Coople is easier. Part of what makes Coople great for workers and employers is that it foregoes the interview process: with Coople, you get to work—fast! Once your Coople profile is up and running, applying for jobs is as simple as a tap on your mobile phone.

Because there is no interview process involved, it’s important that you show all of your experiences and skills on your Coople CV. This document should not just contain “enough information”—it should contain all the information relevant to the jobs you want to apply for.

What to Include in a Coople CV

There are thousands of different jobs available on Coople. The good news is that you only need one Coople CV to apply for what you want. That’s why it’s important to include all the relevant professional experience you have. Even if you think that a certain certificate or a volunteer experience is insignificant, you should include it if it demonstrates your expertise or competence in a certain role.

Education: Include all the education (Kantonsschule, Gymnasium, Berufsmaturität, Universität) you hav received or are pursuing, including their completion status: was the education completed, terminated, or is it in progress? You also want to include any certifications for languages and other skills. Do you have a driver’s license? Add that too if you want to apply for a job which requires driving!
Previous work experience: List all the work experience you have as precisely as you can (ex. 7 January 2017—18 March 2017), no matter how small or brief. This is important because the Coople team needs to see all your relevant work experience in order to verify your Job Profiles. For some jobs, every hour of experience counts, so make sure to write down all your experiences.

About Coople job profiles

Part of what’s cool about Coople is that you don’t need to get stuck doing the same job every day. When you sign up for Coople, you’ll be able to select up to 140 job profiles. These are roles with which you have training or experience, and they determine what kind of Coople jobs you are eligible for. Coople’s job profiles are vast and varied, ranging from Event Assistance to Sales Agent to Aviation Logistician.

Don’t have any prior experience? Don’t worry, we have novice level job profiles available. You can add job profiles for which you don’t have any previous experience and would like to gain working experience for. Just keep in mind that for job profiles that are not listed as Novice Level to be approved, the Coople team needs to see any related experience in your CV.

PRO TIP: Don’t wait to apply. Once you’ve submitted your identification, uploaded your Coople CV, and picked out your Job Profiles, start applying! Don’t wait for the Coople team to verify your account before starting to apply for jobs: your profile will be checked and verified before your first shift.

In Summary

Creating a Coople CV may be a bit different than what you’re used to, but it’s really as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. There are no interviews at Coople, so you’ll need to mention all your skills and experiences directly in your CV: the more information the better!
  2. Select from 1 to 140 job profiles for which you have qualifications. The Coople team will verify and approve your Job Profiles based on the information in your Coople CV.
  3. You can start applying for jobs as soon as you’ve uploaded your identification, your Coople CV, and have selected your Job Profiles—you’ll need to apply first to kick off the Job Profile verification process.

Applying for jobs is exciting, and the tips above should help you get on your way. If you run into any questions, know that Coople’s Customer Care Team is ready to hear from you.