Are you, like me, stuck inside your house for the next few weeks due to isolation and social distancing? Are you, like me, going a tad crazy? I’m work remote for awhile, so I’m definitely going a little stir crazy. But, we all need to do our part to protect those who are societies most vulnerable and do our best to flatten the curve. So, while you’re being that upstanding member of society and doing your part by staying home, here’s a few ideas to keep you occupied and spruce up your professional life.
1. Revisit the Resume
Even if you’re not job hunting right now, it may be a good time to dust off the old resume and see what you could do with a set of fresh eyes. It’s always good to keep your resume updated, and now that you’re stuck inside, you might as well make sure it’s current! And if you unfortunately recently lost your job due to the craziness of COVID-19, my thoughts are with you and your family. If you’re needing to jump back into that job hunt ASAP, make sure you’ve taken ample time to update your resume so that it highlights the best of you.
2. Extra, Extra, Read All About It
Right now is as good of a time as any to stay informed and read up on what’s happening in the world. How is this virus impacting your industry? What best practices can you pull from it? What can we learn from it? Watch the news, read a good book, and be a part of the conversation. You also need to do your part to be an informed citizen to ensure you’re not endangering others as well. That, and it’s also an election year folks so be engaged!
3. Linked Up
You may be practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid social networks. When’s the last time you updated your LinkedIn? Now’s a good time to give a fresh makeover, a new picture, and make sure it’s portraying you exactly how you want to be perceived.
4. Zoom Happy Hour, Anyone?
A ton of companies recently made the move to remote work across the US, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop networking and interacting with your coworkers. Try a virtual happy hour via zoom or a Facetime call with your mentor while you’re stuck inside these next few days. Social distancing doesn’t mean the social connection is gone. There are still ways to engage with each other. On a personal rather than professional note, I’ve started doing virtual Zoom game nights with friends, and those are going over very well.
Well, Ramblers, that’s all I have for you for now. I know times are scary currently, but try to make the most of it. I hope you all are staying well and staying sane.