How many days have we been in quarantine? What day of the week is it? This is unfamiliar territory for the majority of us. If you’re stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be running out of things to do, especially if you’re sadly on furlough at this time. Lucky for you, we have three easy suggestions to better your career if you are bored in quarantine.
Learn something new
Now is a perfect opportunity to learn a new skill. Have you always wanted to become a master chef? Start cooking! Do you want to enhance your coding skills? Build a new website from scratch! Most of us have some extra time on our hands, so it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a new skill set that you can put on your resume. Lynda.com is an excellent resource with thousands of different courses. You can learn anything from digital photography to CAD to even accounting. So, grab your laptop and have some fun honing a new skill that will help make your resume shine!
How many times have you told yourself that you want to read more? I know that I am personally guilty of picking up a new book and stopping halfway through because, you know, life happens. Now is a perfect time to grab any career self-help or motivational books that will help put you in the right mindset. There are tons of books out there that can help lift your spirits and teach you something new during these trying times. And as a bonus, it will keep you away from all the negativity on social media right now.
Reengage with your connections on LinkedIn
Has it been a while since you spruced up your LinkedIn profile? Now is a great time to comb through it and update it. If you’re new to LinkedIn, here’s a helpful beginner’s guide from JSG.
Make sure your job history is up to date, and you have a professional-looking headshot. Block out an hour of your day and fill out your profile. Add any skills, accomplishments, certifications, and anything else that will make you stand out. Once your profile is looking sharp, you can start to engage with your network. Have some conversations with people in your industry and reach out to some new faces to bolster your network. This is a fantastic time to reengage with your network and see what other people in your industry are doing.
S0, there you have it. Three easy things you can do while stuck in quarantine to better your career. Have fun and good luck!