As we ease into the final few months of 2020, there's no getting around the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact our lives and livelihoods. This Career Development Month, if you need a little inspiration to look beyond the new normal and focus on 2021 and beyond, here are a few ways you can nurture your professional growth:
Expand your network. Join local professional organizations to develop relationships for personal and professional growth as well as for references and job leads.
Be a mentor and a mentee. Make an effort to pass along your wisdom and life lessons to others. But how about finding a mentor of your own? Challenge yourself to both receive and deliver career advice to others.
Prioritize professional development. Seek out PD opportunities to increase your subject matter knowledge or sharpen your technical skills. Would a certification or degree put you in a better position to advance?
Do your homework. Follow social media channels and read blogs, magazines, and trade publications relevant to your field to improve your knowledge and stay current on best practices and trends.
Check your social media presence. What does your online persona say about you? Run a social media audit on yourself. Are you making a good impression, or a bad one? Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? If not, fill in any holes so it's a positive reflection of your potential and an accurate summary of your work history, experience, and skills.
Evaluate your personal brand. Do you have an elevator speech prepared for your next job interview or performance review? A good place to start is by writing yourself a mission statement or manifesto.
Volunteer. If you feel like you're missing something, find opportunities to make a difference in your community. Volunteering gives you the chance to add transferrable skills to your resume and gain experience that can enhance your marketability.
Set new goals. People who record their goals and progress are far more effective in achieving them. Use a goal-setting app or a journal to keep yourself accountable.
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