COVID-19 has significantly changed and impacted the way we live and work. Many of us have seen life plans, including career progression put on hold. For you this may have come in the form of a delayed promotion, or indeed unemployment. However, even though we have seen a massive reduction in job openings across all sectors, it does not mean you can’t work on your career progression, preparing for when the market does picks up.
What you can do if you are currently unemployed?
LinkedIn – Update your LinkedIn profile, ask for endorsements and remain active engaging and posting as often as you can.
Personal Development – There are many on-line courses available. There is no harm building your skills in your spare time ready for when the time is right for a career move. You could also catch up on podcasts and spend time reading and researching blogs relevant to your field, this will inspire and keep you up to date ensuring you are ready for when you start interviewing.
Update your resume – Keep your resume updated with your accomplishments and add them to your LinkedIn profile. If you are applying for roles call upon friends or other professionals in your field to proof read your resume and edit each job application to suit the particular role.
Research your dream job – Now is the time to delve deeper into that dream job of yours, find out what it takes and what you are lacking or look into a particular company that you have had your eye on and reach out.
What to do if you plan to for a promotion post Covid?
Create a proposal – Present a proposal to you manager listing suggestions on what you intend to do to add value in your current role. By providing options on what you propose, your manager will be able to consider each one and support the suggestions that will make a positive difference to your career path.
Keep an eye out for opportunities- Many businesses have imposed hiring freezes to reduce overhead costs in the current economic climate. However, this does not mean that companies aren’t hiring internally. Keep an eye out for openings within your company and be ready to reach out if you hear of anything that interests you.
Don’t let your work slip – Ensure that you keep up with work and are always contactable throughout working from home to show you are capable of your current role.
Look after your mental health and a successful career will follow
As we all comply with the strict social distancing rules in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, some of us will have been faced with feelings of loneliness, anxiety and stress.
Looking after your mental health during this time is so important for your sanity and well-being. Ensuring you are mentally supported is just as much a part of being prepared as editing your CV so take a look at our blog ‘ how to cope with loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic’ before you tackle LinkedIn and remember it is okay not to be okay.
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