If you’re out of work right now, you have several options for how to spend your time:
- Take your frustration out on your family
- Fill the void with cake, chips and hours of mind-numbing TV
- Prepare to come back more marketable and successful once the economy improves
The choice is yours: Do nothing (options “a” and “b”) or take control (option “c”).
Our advice? Grab the reins. Resolve to make the best of your situation. And use the gift of free time to improve your marketability and plan your next career move. Once the upturn hits, you’ll be primed to land a great job quickly:
Press your mental reset button.
Your first step toward success is to prepare your mind. Is your situation fair? Maybe not. But while you cannot control your job loss, you can control your attitude. Each morning, spend a few minutes reminding yourself of all the good things in your life. Remember that this setback is temporary, and brighter days are ahead.
Give yourself an executive position: as the individual responsible for getting from where you are now to where you want to be. This post explains how to run your career like a company – by creating a “strategic plan” for You, Inc.:
- Determine where you are.
Conduct a thorough self-analysis to figure out: what you liked about your last job; how successful you were at it; where your professional strengths and weaknesses lie; and what you would like to change in your career.
- Set short- and long-term career goals.
Determine where you’d like to go in your desired career. Consider the biggest opportunities and challenges to success; use these to guide your goal setting.
- Create a strategic plan.
Map a course to achieve your goal, breaking it into manageable steps with specific action items.
Use your time wisely.
- Spruce up your resume.
Take the time now to get your resume in great shape.
- Build your personal brand.
Review and update the way you “market” yourself professionally.
- Update your social media profiles.
Make sure they present you in the best possible light.
- Grow your professional network.
Each day, connect with a handful of people who could benefit your career.
- Read a book that promotes self-growth.
Choose a title that helps you improve an aspect of your professional life.
- Start a blog.
Blogging on topics related to your career or industry showcases your expertise, while providing fresh content to share on social media and increase your visibility.
- Take an online course.
Coronavirus may be temporarily limiting your freedom to travel, but it can’t take away your freedom to learn – and make yourself more marketable.
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