November 2020

Newsletter November 2020

Recruiters for the Copier Channel® for more than 30 years, Copier Careers® has been the only recruiting firm exclusively dedicated to connecting Copier Channel employers with experienced service technicians, copier sales representatives, sales managers, service & operations managers, controllers, support staff, and MPS/MNS experts. Start your month off right with Newsletter November 2020: Copier Channel news and career advice. Search copier jobs now.


The Top 5: Crisis Motivation Tips
News from Copier Careers
Sound Off: What keeps you motivated in difficult times?
Monthly Poll: Will you meet your 2020 goals?


The Top 5: Crisis Motivation Tips

As we approach the end of each year, any piles of unfinished work and unmet goals are thrown into sharp relief. This mounting pressure can often spur us into a flurry of activity for a strong finish. But this is 2020, a year with so much stress and disruption, we can’t stop talking about it. Is it any wonder many are struggling with motivation? Use these tips to keep yourself on-track.

  1. Find interest and meaning. Practice shifting your mindset away from all the work you have to do to instead focus on what your work means to you. Find what value your effort brings to yourself and to your coworkers, clients and company. Don’t just focus on your responsibility or worry about others counting on you – look for positive motivations beyond fear and anxiety. What makes you feel good about what you’re doing? Do you make other’s work easier, do you teach them better ways to operate, do you offer new tools, do you brighten someone’s day?  Once you find that meaning, try to build more of it into your day.
  2. Seek feedback. Sometimes you just need to know that someone sees and appreciates your work. Ask for feedback from someone you trust, whether that’s a manager or a respected coworker. If you’re feeling too raw in this moment, you might reach out to a former colleague for a recommendation based on your past work. 
  3. Connect. Isolation has been one of biggest challenges in 2020 so finding ways to connect is increasingly important. If you feel like you need help, there are likely others who feel the same. Look for opportunities to collaborate and share the workload with coworkers you enjoy. If collaboration isn’t an option, try reaching out just to chat. Make sure you reciprocate – asking how others are doing can help broaden your perspective.
  4. Set goals. Break down your workload into smaller, achievable goals. Make them smaller during times you know you struggle. If it’s hard for you to get started in the morning then make little goals like “read one email” and treat yourself when you get it done. Then set your next goal for three emails, then five, etc. as you warm up for the day. Alternate your hard tasks with easier or more rewarding ones so you don’t wear yourself out. And reward yourself in proportion to that difficulty. Let that little zing of accomplishment fuel your drive to complete your next goal.
  5. Find activities outside of work. When you’re done for the day, let yourself be done. Unplug, put your things away and leave your workspace. Find some activities that satisfy you outside of work – cooking, crafting, learning, making, moving, connecting. Get outside if you can, move your body, feed your senses, rest your mind.

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Copier Careers Promotes Jessica Crowley

Copier Careers®, the only recruiting firm dedicated to the Copier Channel, is proud to announce the promotion of Jessica Crowley to Senior Vice President.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Crowley put her bachelors of business administration, sales and marketing to good work selling consumable copier parts and supplies. Her on-the-ground experience has informed her work with industry professionals and employers over the past 10 years at Copier Careers. She has become a vital part of the company as well as a valuable resource to our clients and to the industry as a whole.

Crowley has lent her expertise and analysis to our annual salary surveys, which have become a staple resource for the industry. Her voice in the industry led her to be recognized by The Cannata Report as a Young Influencer in 2014. Since then, she has served as presenter, panelist and commentator to numerous Copier Channel publications and events. Most recently, she was a featured panelist in The Cannata Report’s webinar on Hiring & Retention in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond.

“Jessica is highly accomplished and respected by the industry,” said Paul Schwartz, president of Copier Careers. “We’re very fortunate to have her as part of our team and it is only fitting to honor her leadership and expertise.”

Please join us in congratulating Jessica Crowley in her accomplishments!


Watch Webinar with The Cannata Report

Paul Schwartz and Jessica Crowley of Copier Careers were featured in a recent Cannata webinar: Hiring and Retention in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond. Together we discussed how the pandemic is impacting the current labor market and the independent dealer channel.


Sound Off

Our readers respond to last month’s poll question

Last month we invited you to share your COVID disruption stories so we could understand how the pandemic has affected the industry on an individual level. We also wanted to hear what kept you motivated during such difficult times. We had a solid turnout of 12,328 votes this month!

We had votes fairly evenly split across all the answers this month, showing that folks are likely motivated by several factors at once.

23% cite their dependents as primary motivation, 22% are keeping busy to help cope with the world and 20% toil to preserve what they’ve built. Another 16% focus on problem-solving to push on. Only 1% say it helps to focus on the little victories.

The majority (83%) report some level of motivation but the remaining 17% say they are struggling to stay motivated at all.

Here are the full results:

What keeps you motivated in difficult times?

  • I have dependents counting on me (23%, 3,232 Votes)
  • Keeping busy keeps me sane (22%, 3,124 Votes)
  • I’m not letting something I’ve built be swept away (20%, 2,932 Votes)
  • Honestly, I’m struggling with this (17%, 2,459 Votes)
  • I’m a problem-solver so there’s plenty to do (16%, 2,231 Votes)
  • I focus on the little victories (1%, 182 Votes)
  • There’s always more skills to learn/improve (1%, 168 Votes)
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Some comments from y’all:

  • “I welcome the downtime in between the little victories.”
  • “My team has stepped up to the challenges of working remotely and we are more productive than ever. I wouldn’t dream of letting them down now!”
  • “I have sold copiers most of my adult life. People think I am crazy to love them like I do, but it’s their rich history that I am such a deep fan of. I remember my Father (while I was in High School) trying to explain this new Fax Machine they had gotten in his office. It transmitted pages of print over the phone. And when I started in the Copier World, many of the units used liquid toner. And then in no time, The Computer was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. To have lived my life helping people understand the newest features & benefits of the newest technologies of our industry, well…I have been proud to do so. And then 2020 came, and COVID-19 hit us. It simply has shifted the entire marketplace in such a way that the job I so enjoyed, the extensive base of clients I had developed relationships with, they all have just been in a tailspin like we as a country has never seen. No matter what…I have been a very proud woman to have been able to say…Yeah, I sell copiers for a living. How can I help you?”

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Monthly Poll

Will you meet your 2020 goals?

  • No but I’ve done my best under the circumstances (56%, 7,976 Votes)
  • It’ll be close (25%, 3,542 Votes)
  • I’m on-track (17%, 2,365 Votes)
  • Already done! (2%, 248 Votes)
  • What rock have you been under (and can I join you)? (0%, 29 Votes)
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