The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down, and career goals are no exception. Yet you don’t have to stop growing altogether as we figure out how to emerge from the pandemic. Here are some steps you can take to keep your career moving forward during this time.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Now is the time to reflect and determine your career goals. What do you want to do next? Are you looking for a career change? Do you want to move up in your current company? Is there a specific aspect of your work that you want to focus on?
With your goals identified, you can start to figure out which steps will get you there. What can you work on right now? Do you need new connections? What new skills would be helpful? Keep your goals in mind as you determine how to spend your time right now.
Pitch Bold New Ideas
Now more than ever, employers must be flexible and able to pivot to survive. If you’re employed, brainstorm some ideas that could help streamline your processes or bring in new business. If you’re currently unemployed, bring some bold ideas to each job interview. Even if your specific ideas aren’t adopted, you will cement yourself as someone the company can count on to pitch in during a crisis.
Learn Something New
Now is a great time to sign up for an online course or two. You can build skills that will help you reach your career goals while simultaneously growing your network of like-minded professionals. Anything new that you can add to your resume, as long as it’s related to what you want to do, could be the thing that makes the next hiring manager sit up and take notice.
You can also do some personal development through books, websites, or podcasts. It’s been an extraordinarily tough year, and investing in yourself may be just what you need to dig deep and keep moving forward.
After the year we’ve had, it’s easy to start feeling stuck. But following the tips above can keep you moving forward as we find our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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