Like many people in the world today, you most likely have found yourself having to stay home. Before this, you were probably looking for a new job, looking to start a business or looking to get that promotion at work. In short, you wanted to boost your career to the next level.
This sudden shift in your career has undoubtedly come with some anxieties about the future such as job security among others.
Truth is, it is a frustrating and disheartening time for everybody. The good news, however, is that there is a lot you can do to boost your career – while at home.
Here are a few tips to help you do this:
Update your CV
When was the last time you looked at your CV? Take a few minutes and go through your resume and identify areas to improve.
Add all your recent positions and remove any old or outdated ones. If you were given more responsibilities at work, add them too.
Even if you don’t end up needing these resources anytime soon, it’s still a good idea to have your CV updated and ready to use. If and when you do need to use it, freshening it will be easier and less time-consuming.
Expand your knowledge with online resources
Do you feel like you are barely able to make it through your daily responsibilities?
Challenge yourself to hone new skills and expand your knowledge by taking up short online courses. Whether you want to become better at handling interviews or simply understand the fundamentals of your area of expertise, there are numerous short courses out there to help you push yourself, while at the same time, add credentials to your CV.
It also a good time to stay updated on what’s happening in your industry. Following some relevant organizations and publications on social media is a good place to start.
By the time you are getting back to work, learning and development may not be something you have time for. So do it now!
You may not be able to attend any networking events, but this does not mean you should let your professional relationships stagnate.
Take some time to reach out to your contacts, especially those you haven’t talked to in a while, just to check-in. You could even ask to set up a virtual chat, to catch up on what you have been up to.
This way, you will not only be combatting your loneliness while at home but will also be solidifying the bonds that will pay down the line. Remember, it’s not always what you know, but who you know.
Take up a project out of your comfort zone
It’s easy to feel bored in your current position, especially with you working from home and just trying to make it through the day.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone by volunteering for a project that you normally wouldn’t take on. Whether it’s a more straightforward data entry task to help your team to transition to working from home or it’s a daunting assignment that you previously would’ve done your best to avoid, go ahead and challenge yourself.
This way, not only will you lend your team a much-needed helping hand, but it’ll also reignite a sense of enthusiasm about your work—especially when your daily responsibilities are starting to feel mundane.
Boost Your Career Conclusion
It’s tempting to think that you need to be out and about to contribute to your career growth.
However, rest assured that there are plenty of things you can do to benefit your career success—without leaving your house.
Put these on your list, and you can feel confident that you’re doing everything you can to pursue your work-related goals.