New normal, pandemic, and unprecedented. We’ve been hearing these words almost everyday. And it doesn’t matter if you have a job, or you’re looking for one. The reality is, the current business climate isn’t “business as usual”.
So how do you try to turn things around when faced with a challenging situation? You step up.
1. Build Your Brand
Yes YOU! Update your CV, remove irrelevant experiences in your resume and keep your LinkedIn profile fresh. Done anything new in the past 3 months? Place that on a portfolio website like Behance, Adobe or even create your own website! Now’s the time to put all your accomplishments out there for the world to see.
2. Upskill Upskill Upskill
We can’t emphasize this enough. Maximize this downtime and put your energy to good use. From Coursera, EDX, Udemy, and CodeAcademy, there are a lot of free courses online that allow you to learn at your own pace. Think of every subject imaginable, these courses can be searched by level, program type and even by language! Now’s your chance to take all the courses you’ve been wanting to take, even from Ivy League schools. Make sure you finish the requirements, so you can get certified.
3. Load up on FREE webinars
You’ll never get bored with virtual events. While we’ll miss attending live events and the food that comes with it, free webinars will keep your calendar filled! Imagine attending all these events with subject matter experts and thought leaders, right at the comfort of your own home! Things are more concise, Q&A portions are more organized and you get to learn more.
4. Nurture Your Network
Bye small talks and hello authentic connections! Leverage both your personal and professional connections by checking in and asking how they’re doing. Be mindful and genuine and the world will be a better place.
5. Refine Your Routine
Whether you’re upskilling, honing your current work skills or looking for a new job, make sure you have a work-from-home routine in place. Refine how you do things and where you allocate your time. Make sure to know when your most productive time is, when to take breaks and optimize them both. Consistency is key.
While we’re all going through trying times, those who make an effort to adapt will ultimately thrive. But also remember, you’re allowed to take breaks especially when things get hard. After all, the first step to improve professionally is to be healthy and happy.
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