COVID-19 Resource Center

A Note from Founder & CEO, Rashi Khosla

We are living through challenging times. As coronavirus (COVID-19) surges, people are losing their jobs, their health, their loved ones.

We at MARS are working hard to promote the health and safety of our consultants, clients, and employees. We continually monitor the situation and adjust our strategy to make informed decisions and keep all relevant stakeholders in the loop. We have pivoted to provide work-from-home interviews, meetings, and career opportunities.

We know that this is a scary time for everyone, but we are here to help you reach your business and professional goals. We are committed to providing excellent service while operating virtually. We are determined to survive, and thrive, under these difficult conditions.

We have put together resources here that we will continually update to help our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by clicking here.

COVID-19 Information

Resources for Career Seekers

Remote work is here to stay

Kay DeVolder Senior Account Executive 2020 threw many curve balls our way and navigating them was not easy. The job hunt and hiring process drastically changed. So how will 2021 be impacted? Will the new processes carry over, or will we go back to our ”normal” procedures? Many companies found remote workers produced the same amount of work, if not more, than working on site. What does this mean for job seekers? Broaden your job search. With an increase in remote work, different types of jobs may be available to you. If you’re looking for a new challenge or to


New year, new career

Megan Smith Marketing Analyst As we look forward to a new year, finding the right career for you may be at the forefront of your priorities. Last year’s challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic have transformed the job search and hiring process. Many positions have now become remote, and job duties may have shifted slightly. So how can you continue the job hunt without feeling frustrated or giving up? Inspiration and positivity. Find your inspiration and motivation to start and follow through the search for your new career. Though the job search can sometimes be rough, it is important to


An immersive and inclusive enrichment program that can help you rejoin the workforce

Abby Pillsbury Marketing Analyst MARS Returnship is a program that provides an on-ramp to women who are looking to restart their careers in technology following a gap in employment. This program provides paid on-the-job training and a partnership approach to prepare the cohorts to successfully rejoin the workforce. Below are a few key aspects that MARS Returnship offers. Project Work. Cohort members are provided with immersive, hands-on, project-based learning in a fast-paced Agile environment. Projects provided are to address a real business need, giving each Returner real-world experience to put their skills to use. Along with project work, coaching is


Resilience in the workplace

Nicole Whitbeck-Dohnal Director of Sales Everyone has stressors, trauma, and adversity in their life. A result of each of those includes change in some way, shape, or form. Whether it be physical, emotional, or mental, being resilient is how to get through those times. The Webster Dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Being able to control, modify, and grow aspects of your life is what resilience is. If you are someone who is struggling on how to be resilient in the workplace, you can find some ways to help below.


Tips for remote on-boarding

Jonah Czernejewski Human Resources Administrator During these unprecedented times, it is not uncommon to see many professional institutions adapting the “remote worker” business model. For many years, what used to be looked at as somewhat of an abnormality and almost unheard of, has now become a new on-the-rage trend. Working from home not only ensures the safety and well-being of others, but allows for business operations to remain fully functional as well. So, you’ve either been offered a remote position or are seriously considering one for the first time. What does this mean for you? What can you expect at


Top qualities employers look for in candidates

By Emily Patch Senior Client Success Manager The world of employment has changed since the pandemic. Many employers are looking to start and keep employees remote. Since many tasks and responsibilities will be done virtually, qualities in potential employees have shifted. Below are some key characteristics that will help you land a remote position. Communication. Although this skill has always been on top of the list, over-communication has become a more desired skill. It is easy to get lost in your work, especially if you are not in the office among your coworkers. Keep them, and your manager, in the


Tips for figuring out the right career fit

Emily Patch Senior Client Success Manager There are a lot of new changes going on in the world, especially when it comes to employment. How can you figure out if your career is the right one? Whether you are seeking a new position, or are wondering if your current one is right for you, here are some things to consider. Career tasks and responsibilities. It is important to clarify your tasks and responsibilities. This can help you decide if this path will accomplish your goals. To verify that a career is a good fit, create a priorities list of what


How to be successful when networking virtually

Megan Smith Marketing Analyst Before the pandemic, networking typically included shaking hands, having conversations, meeting face-to-face, and connecting on LinkedIn. In today’s world, networking has changed drastically with virtual networking becoming the new platform to foster connections. So, how can we continue to grow our network if in-person events are not happening? Here are some ideas to help increase your opportunities to connect with others. Set aside time. The work week can go by in a blink of an eye, whether you are working remotely or are working in person. So how can we include time to network? A simple


Preparing for a video interview

Merri Beckfield Client Success Manager With the environment changing and amid the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are moving their in-person interviews to video. This leaves job seekers wondering how to prepare themselves for virtual self-presentation. Below are some tips on how to successfully present yourself during a video interview. 1. Dress as if you are interviewing in person. Even though video won’t likely show your full body, being completely dressed in your interview attire will help you feel more confident in yourself. It will also leave a good impression and show that you are serious about the position. 2. Make


Crucial tips for writing technical resumes

Lance Thompson, CPRW, TSC Senior Technical & Staff Recruiter at MARS Solutions Group In today’s modern workplace, and with the growing use of job boards, network sites, and social media aimed at sourcing qualified candidates for all types of roles, it is important that your resume showcases your skills, abilities, and major accomplishments. Below are crucial tips to remember when creating or tailoring a resume. When starting a resume, use either a summary (for multiple related roles and used to communicate main skills as well as areas of proficiency) or an objective (geared toward a specific type of role only).


Resources for Employees

How to stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sapan Khosla Principal of Business Integration and Data Architect We are all living through a global pandemic. These are stressful and trying times for many of us. People are worried about jobs and economic fallout from this pandemic. It’s only natural to worry about you and your loved ones’ health and safety. How can one remain positive with all the negativity? It is important to understand and acknowledge the impact and level of seriousness with this virus, but it is still essential to have some positivity amongst it all. Here is how you can bring some positivity to your life


Ideas for virtual team building

Christine Dunbeck Marketing Manager The spread of COVID-19 has forced us to find ways to keep employees engaged while remaining socially distant. Our full team is working from home, which can be lonely and cause us to feel disconnected from our peers. Thus, we’ve been working to establish enjoyable, and virtual, get-togethers to stay in touch. Encouraging fun activities for the team can help maintain a sense of camaraderie and normalcy during these trying times. Staff will be thankful for the distraction of the stress from living through a global pandemic and a chance to connect with their team. At


Remote work tips and tools for a productive team

Christine Dunbeck Marketing Manager During this pandemic, many stay-at-home orders and government guidelines are forcing companies and employees to make the switch to a long-term remote working environment. When things will be considered “back to normal” is unknown, so making efforts to survive, and thrive, in this new environment will help your team and company stay on top of their goals. Here are a few tips to maintain productivity: Show empathy – Everyone has been touched by this situation. Some are being forced to move major life events that they had been planning for months, if not years, such as


We’re in this together

Christine Dunbeck Marketing Manager “My friend had to cancel her wedding because she isn’t sure when things will be normal enough to hold it.” “We had to cancel the once-in-a-lifetime trip that we’ve been planning for 5 years.” “My coworker’s mother just died from the coronavirus and they aren’t able to hold a funeral.” “My sister just developed a fever and isn’t sure if she should be worried yet or not.” “My pregnant friend hasn’t been able to see her doctor and her husband isn’t allowed in for the ultrasounds.” “My brother lost his job and can’t make rent.” “I’ve


7 tips to productively work from home

Christine Dunbeck Marketing Manager Working from home can be convenient. The commute is nonexistent, you can throw in a load of laundry on your break, and you can practice social distancing to avoid becoming sick with the coronavirus. Working from home can also come with challenges. Throwing in a load of laundry can turn into folding another load, then the dishes need to be done, the floor needs to be swept, and before you know it, you’ve lost an hour to housework. Here are a few tips to help you stay productive and sane during your time out of the