Whether you work remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or simply because that’s the nature of your job, you still have options available to keep advancing your career when you work from home.
Below you will find five simple ideas to help you keep your momentum going without leaving your desk.
Build Your Online Reputation
This is an excellent opportunity to build your online presence. Some of the steps you can consider to establish yourself as an authoritative figure in your field include:
- Joining relevant LinkedIn groups.
- Starting a blog or website to share your points of view.
- Starting a podcast.
- Being active on your job-related social media
Work on Your CV and LinkedIn Profile
Take a good look at your CV and LinkedIn Profile. Probably you have tried to be diligent in updating them as you go, but even in that case there may be areas of improvement. A critical revision will help you detect omissions, errors and sections that can be optimized. While you’re on LinkedIn ask for recommendations from clients and colleagues, and don’t forget to update the skills sections to improve the visibility of your profile.
Make a Skills Audit
Ask yourself what key skills you lack, or what skills that you already have need some honing. The answer will vary from person to person, but dedicating time to learning more about software that’s relevant to your job is almost always a good idea. As for other skills, there are tutorials online to teach everything from emotional intelligence to Excel pivot tables. In some cases these courses are offered free of charge, so the only limit is your imagination.
Start a Passion Project
A personal project is a good way to showcase your skills and expand your professional horizons. A passion project allows you to work at your pace on topics you care about. As a consequence, the result is usually interesting and high-quality with the potential to become a useful element in your professional toolkit.
Join Your Local Chamber of Commerce
Chambers of commerce offer the ideal environment to network and foster new business opportunities. You may think of chambers of commerce as brick-and-mortar places but actually many of them have adapted to the new circumstances and are organizing virtual meetings that replicate with success more traditional forms of network-building.
More Tips and Ideas
At the ONE Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce, we are always looking for ideas that help foster the growth of your business. Here are some previous posts to help you do just that:
- How to use social media to advance your career
- Cybersecurity basics for small businesses
- 3 Simple ways to protect yourself against identity theft
- Common grammar mistakes to avoid in your business emails
Interested in learning more about the ONE Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce? Contact us today by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), telephone (951-280-3902), or social media. We look forward to hearing from you!