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In today’s post, I am sharing a few ways in which you can work on bettering your career during the lockdown.
Many of us have found ourselves either out of a job, and the more fortunate ones of us have been working from home.
Whatever the case, it’s been a crazy time for a lot of people, and as unfair as things have been, this pandemic has certainly taught many people a lot of hard lessons.
Which is why I thought a post like this would be a good reminder that it’s never too late to work on bettering your career or even work on starting something completely new to you.
If you’ve been wondering how to work on your career during lockdown, potentially start something new, or just make some extra money, keep reading.
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Invest in courses
Unfortunately, one impact of COVID-19 has been job loss. Since many individuals have been laid off, ResumeNow created a guide to free courses for individuals who are now re-entering the job market and want to enhance their resumes.
Many of these courses provide a free certificate (some require a small fee) that individuals can put on their resumes as evidence of their proficiency. This is a great way to stand out an applicant, especially in a competitive job market.
If you are currently employed or otherwise not looking to enhance your resume, these courses are also a fantastic way to expand your knowledge base. Also, if you are saving time right now by not having to commute to work as usual, you might consider investing that time in additional education.
If you have been wanting to further your knowledge in a particular area or have been contemplating a career change, now could be an ideal time to dive into a course that interests you.
The comprehensive guide includes courses in the following fields:
- Graphic Design
You can check out the full guide here.
Update your CV
You should be updating your CV every so often, but this is as good a time as any.
If you have been doing any courses, or if you’ve picked up any new skills in the past few months, add it in your CV.
Make sure you have a professional and updated CV ready at all times along with a cover letter for any potential job interviews.
It’s better to over-prepare than under-prepare when it comes to showing that you’re worthy of a great new job.
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Pick up a new skill
If you have the time to work on mastering a new skill, do it.
You will not only keep your brain busy with something productive and good for you, but you will also have a great new addition to your resume.
I would suggest working on mastering a digital skill, if you’re not sure where to start.
A lot of companies have been going digital for some time now, and the pandemic has forced many more companies to move online. Especially stores.
This is a great example of how things are changing from the more traditional way to a digital one.
Having a digital skill like coding, website building or video editing can be invaluable to your employers at a time like this.
Websites like Skillshare have a ton of affordable courses you can take on digital skills. The world is your oyster. You might even find something you really enjoy doing!
Monetize your skills
Technically this isn’t specifically something for your career, but it is something that can keep you afloat if you ever need a cushion to fall back on.
Side hustles have become more popular than ever in the past couple of years. I, myself have two of them.
The good thing about building a side hustle is that it is something you can work on on your own time and, most of the time, on your own terms. And you make money along the way. Score.
Here is a list of 10 profitable side hustles you can start as early as today to make you some extra cash, even in a pandemic.
Learn from others in your industry
The only way to grow in your career is to study.
Talking to people in your industry is always a good way to learn more about what you could be doing to better your career. After all, there is always something another person can teach you.
You can also read books by people who have tips on how to be successful in your industry, or just for general motivation.
Here are some books I recommend that have helped me in my career:
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Little Black Book By Otegha Uwagba
Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny
Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel PhD
What are some ways you have been working on your career this lockdown? Leave them in the comments!
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