How to concentrate on your career plans during lockdown
Many of us are finding ourselves without a daily commute at the moment… and possibly without as much structure as we’re used to! So when you’re forced to stay at home, here’s how you can make the most of what some people are calling downtime. Others prefer the term ‘house arrest’… While you can’t control what’s going on in the world, you can at least use the extra time constructively. This way, you’ll be better prepared when ‘normal life’ resumes and maybe even incentivised to make some changes after a period of reflection.
What do you want from your professional life? Are you ready for the next move? Change of scene? Or is it time to reskill and pursue a different direction? Now is the time to reflect on what you actually want out of your career. More flexibility, a shorter commute or greater job stability if you’ve been furloughed
Here are some ways to maximise your time during lockdown:
Re-evaluate your career
What gets you up in the morning? Use this break in your regular routine to think about your career. Have you enjoyed the flexibility of working from home or having more time to spend with the family. Have you missed travelling into the city and the buzz of the office or would or would you prefer to work a little closer to home. If you’re furloughed, are you concerned about job security. Now is the time to start thinking about how you want your life to be after lockdown is finished. We rarely have the opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to do this. If you decide to make changes, your journey can start now so you’re prepared when the time is right to take the leap.
Lock on to LinkedIn
LinkedIn is more popular than ever (at last count, it had more than 660 million users). At times like this, it’s a powerful way to stay socially and professionally connected. As well as getting your LinkedIn profile in good shape, remember to share the love. Now’s a great time to give a colleague, co-worker or associate a recommendation.
Engage in networking
Social distancing doesn’t stop you networking, in fact, it’s more important than ever. We’re all reaching out more. Not just family and friends, but old friends and work colleagues. So connect, check in and touch base with people.
Update your CV
This is especially important if you’ve recently been furloughed or had your contract terminated. If you’ve been made redundant, then you might be thinking about making a fresh start and getting yourself ready for applying for new roles. There are things you can do to lay the groundwork now and strengthen your CV. If you need a little guidance, our experienced team are on hand to help. As we provide key workers, Kingsgate are still operating daily so get in touch to discuss your career goals and next steps.
Brush up on your skills
It’s time to invest in yourself. Watch webinars you’ve been meaning to, and expand your horizons. Check Centre of Excellence and Udemy – both great sources of diverse courses. Many of the world’s most respected institutions, from Harvard to Cambridge, already offer online courses. There are also professional development options on LinkedIn (some are free). Leaders in every sector are embracing this. We recently read that the Birmingham City boss is improving his guitar skills – see how other sports managers and players are keeping busy.
Practise video interviewing
Coronavirus aside, this is becoming the new norm for interviewing techniques at senior levels. Familiarising yourself with how this scenario works is good for your confidence so that when your next interview happens over Skype or Zoom, you’re in a strong position. (Be mindful of your surroundings and watch out for rogue items, pictures or people in the background…). Read our blog on How to maximise your job search from for some useful tips for preparation
Plan and perfect your portfolio
Especially if you’re in the creative industry. In normal conditions, you may be short on time to update your portfolio properly. Getting all your files and examples together is a great use of your time – and if it secures you the right role in the right company, then it’s an investment that will be well worth the effort. Plus it frees you up for other things.
In the current climate this is a big ask, but your ability to stay positive and see the light at the end of the tunnel will stand you in good stead when searching for your next role. Working towards a plausible solution will strengthen your frame of mind and help focus on getting past this difficult situation. Kingsgate Recruitment are here to support candidates, businesses and services
We will endeavour to continue to deliver our services to the highest standards and have adapted our way of working so we can continue to support you during this difficult time. Please get in touch to register your details and we will come back to you.