Tips For Mastering New Skills While Working From Home

If you’ve been working from home during the pandemic, there’s a good chance you’ve been saving at least one hour a day on commuting. Invest some of that time into developing new skills and expanding your knowledge base.

Here are several steps you can take to make sure new skills will benefit both you and your employer:

Identify your needs

Start by identifying what you want to achieve and why these goals are important to you. If you’re aiming for a promotion, create a plan to acquire the skills and experiences you’ll need. Do you want to transition into a new role? What skills will get you noticed, create value, and get you ahead in your pursuit? Write down all the skills that will get you closer to your goal.

Start with core skills

Now you’re ready to execute. Evaluate your current skills against those required for the promotion or new role you want to pursue.  Prioritize them from most crucial to least important. Over the next few months, you should focus on developing the top two or three on your list.

Set realistic goals

Building a new skill can take several hours to several years, depending its complexity. To make the learning process less intimidating, break it into smaller, attainable steps. Little wins will give you the energy to carry on towards your main goal. 

Schedule fixed study times

What you need the most to build any new skill is persistence and consistency. By adding fixed study times to your weekly schedule, you will define a timeline for accomplishing your goals. Having a defined timeline will allow you to celebrate progress and keep you focused.  Think of it like marking the calendar until the day you’ve been waiting for arrives. 

Bet on the best resources

There are multiple tutorials available online (some of them even free), but not all are worth your time. Make sure you conduct research, read testimonials, and invest in only the best resources. Consider what subject matter experts recommend, and seek out senior colleagues for guidance. 

Find a mentor

Whether you’re honing your public speaking skills or graphic design skills, it’s good to have someone to mentor you towards mastery. You don’t have to look far – perhaps one of your friends or senior colleagues could fulfil this role.

Going Virtual: Job-Seeking in a Socially-Distanced World

As effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ripple through the economy, both recent graduates and seasoned professionals are searching for opportunities to advance their careers. Current social distancing measures are limiting face-to-face contact, but how will going virtual change employment prospects both during and after the pandemic? Will business continue to utilize virtual recruiting methods to reach more candidates and cut costs? Most importantly, what does the online recruitment revolution mean for you? Despite the uncertainty, there’s good news for candidates and companies alike. In the future, virtual platforms and progress in AI will help connect savvy candidates to recruiters—regardless of how physically distant they may be.

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Three Tips for Handling Meeting Fatigue

Like many things in business, COVID-19 has changed how we conduct meetings. Not only has there been a change to where we have our meetings (goodbye meeting rooms, hello Zoom, Webex, and GoToMeeting), but also the amount we meet. No, it’s not your imagination, you have been in a lot more meetings the last few months. Studies have shown an 40% increase in internal team meetings since April. Meeting fatigue is becoming very real, and with more on the horizon, it is time to take action. Here are three tips that will help you improve your overall experience:

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Pride 2020: The Parades are Virtual, But the Spirit is Real!

June is Pride Month, and like everything else in the age of COVID-19, we are celebrating a little differently than we usually do. Instead of attending a parade, or enjoying a festival with several thousand of your closest friends, celebrations this year have been postponed or moved to the virtual realm. Just three months ago, the idea that we would be watching a screen instead of being in a sea of revelers was unthinkable, but this is the reality we all live in. Yet, even with the limitations, Pride Month 2020 is more welcome, and relevant, than it has ever been before.

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Remote Work is Here to Stay: What Changes to Expect and How It May Impact Your Job Search

In just a few days in March 2020, working remotely became a reality for tens of millions of employees around the world. Companies that had been debating whether to allow employees to work from home suddenly had little choice due to Coronavirus. Nearly overnight, 62% of employed workers were remote, doubling the remote workforce almost instantly.

Now that working remotely is a larger part of the employment landscape, how will it impact the future of work? Below we preview some likely possibilities:

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How to Turn Negative Interview Questions Into a Positive

One of the keys to a successful job interview is to keep things positive. You have a limited amount of time to impress your Hiring Manager and want to keep the conversation focused on why you’re the right person for the job. One way to stay away from negativity is to frame your answers in a positive way, turning a potential weakness into a strength. To do this, you can anticipate certain questions and be prepared for them. If you think you’ll be asked, you probably will. Here are three likely questions you can prepare for:

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Keep Out the Burnout: Four Tips for Keeping Your Work/Life Balance in Check While Working from Home

Do you feel like worktime is blurring into personal time? While you may like the idea of skipping the commute and working in sweats, for those new to working from home, it can be a culture shock not to have a clear distinction between work and home. If left unchecked, not having a defined work life separation can lead to burnout. Luckily, there are ways to make sure your work life doesn’t become your entire life:

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Expert Tips for Networking Online

Networking has always been a vital aspect of your job search, and recent events have made it even more important. Studies have shown that up to 85% of all jobs are found by networking. With companies needing to fill a variety of open positions in the near future, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those around you to get a jump on these opportunities. Here are four tips for using online networking to find your next job:

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