Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, professionals have found themselves in an uncertain period while they navigate the next steps in their careers. If you have found yourself in this predicament, don't fret; there are still ways you can grow your career.
<p>Here are four simple ways to impress your current or future employer by maintaining motivation while life is on hold.</p>
Freelance<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3NDkyNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMTE3MTI4M30.N9qaSNwOP1AZ3sd-5PjYq96tY5COqbtFBDs_bh0lZUw/img.jpg?width=980" id="e6e78" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b91b72ea05fc14f7b7983f93a0303810" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional works on a freelance gig from home." /><p>One key way to keep your skills fresh is to freelance! When the pandemic is over, employers will be impressed if they see that you created content while others didn't.</p><p>Find your niche and get the ball rolling. By doing this, you can start to build your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/personal-branding-examples" target="_blank">personal brand</a> outside the context of an employer. Ultimately, this will make you more marketable going forward. Here are some things to keep in mind when starting to freelance: </p><ol><li>Make sure you know what services you're offering </li><li>Create a quality portfolio of your work with an updated resume</li><li>Check out other freelancers in your field</li><li> Ensure an exemplary experience for your clients to build your credibility </li></ol>
Attend A Webinar<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3NDkzOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NTI1OTMzNn0.EUNW6ewuK5ioVUnkYZBQqCC_iFS9wpJzwf-HLES1wWc/img.jpg?width=980" id="29970" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="60fd30941cda843f4edbf45190542172" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional take an online course" />Photo by Wes Hicks on Unsplash<p>Feel like you need a bit of inspiration? Find a webinar to attend that relates to your career field.<br></p><p>Webinars usually focus on a certain topic, so this is a great way to learn more about your career and specific interests. To find the right webinar for you, check social media sites under hashtags that interest you or event sites such as, <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com" target="_blank">Eventbrite</a>. If you follow any professionals within your career, check their platforms as well for virtual events.</p>
Build A Website<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzM3NDk0NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjY3ODkxMH0.epqLv3u7XqG1PjPNDeIrVAdbZStMh7SNv9JBKIc4S8Q/img.jpg?width=980" id="2b013" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1cc7cb7e907babf6dcb01143944b45ba" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Building a website is a great career growth experience." />Photo by Domenico Loia on Unsplash<p>Consider building a website to show future employers and colleagues your skills and specialties on one platform. Building a website will help expand your personal brand and strengthen your online presence. <strong>This is a great way to show hiring managers your skills while you search for new career opportunities.</strong> Having your own website will allow you to utilize technology and allow you to keep up with everyone else.<br></p><p>Here are a few free startup sites to create your website: <a href="https://www.wix.com/" target="_blank">Wix</a>, <a href="https://www.journoportfolio.com/" target="_blank">JournoPortfolio</a>, <a href="https://wordpress.com/" target="_blank">WordPress</a>, and <a href="https://www.squarespace.com/" target="_blank">Squarespace</a>.</p>
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