If you are like me not wanting to see negative news about Covid-19, this isn’t it. This is about planning and moving forward even though the future may be like in a fog-like manner, it is for the best to push on with positivity.
You see, I can moan at home, creating panic in my head while munching on unhealthy snacks on my couch in my pyjamas and Netflix. Or I can continue with my daily task and maintain a level of normalcy (and sanity). Or I can start planning and gearing up for the next battle.
These are battle plans that will make you attractive to your current employers and your future recruiters.
Brainstorm the next business continuity plan
It doesn’t matter that you don’t know the ins and outs of the works of the whole company. Just focus on your department. You can even rope in a few colleagues over Skype to brainstorm a few ideas.
If you happened to be in a country where they are easing lockdown restrictions, you can help to plan staggered shifts for each team to reduce cross-contamination among your colleagues.
Look meticulously into business process
There is always room for improvements. You can either look into yourself and see what areas can you improve or you can make yourself useful and look into your company processes on ways to improve it.
Maybe grouping of departments? Or how moving the office desks around for easier communication flow? Are you irk by the way how your department disseminates information? Is it possible to look into other departments good work practices and try to integrate the values into yours?
Think up of creative ways to cut the cost
What any businesses are always looking for – pre or post-pandemic – is to cut cost. Preferably cutting cost without sacrificing operation needs.
Now more than ever, companies will need to save cost to ride through the recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tidy up your resume
As the old story goes…
Always update your resume. You’ll never know when opportunities presented themselves to you and suddenly, you have to fill in years of job experiences.
Now that you have time. Take a few days to dig through your memory and tidy up your resume. Hook up with your old colleagues and bosses (now that you have the perfect conversation starter – the lockdown.) Get recommendations ready, you’ll never know when you need them.
Read More: 5 Key Things You Need To Have In Your Resume
Take on a new skill that will boost your profile
Jobs are never one dimensional. With economy revolving, so are our roles. The more you add a different value to your main skill, the more attractive you are to recruiters and headhunters.
IT + Business = IT Business
Art + IT = Digital Design
Healthcare + Writing = Healthcare Writer
The list goes on… plus it shows resilience in you that you pick up new skills while the world is recovering.
Learn an unrelated skill
That being said… go forth and learn a new skill that you always wanted to learn but didn’t have the time. With courses now being offered online and mostly free, you can learn almost anything.
From a new language to a new hobby, enrich your life with new passions. Who knows, it may lead you to a new career path.
Explore your passion
If you have been feeling stuck in your job for the longest time, this may be the opportunity for you to break out of the comfort mould and explore within yourself to find a new passion.
Don’t know what’s your passions and how to find them?
When we were working 8 to 5, we never took a breather to stop and rejuvenate.
Every time-off we have, we are often rushing from place to place to complete some invisible checklist. Even when we are on vacation, it is always about exploring new places, new cultures and new food.
So for once, it is okay not to do anything at all but just to sleep in and allow your body and mind to recharge as much as possible. Spend time with your loved ones but importantly, spend time on yourself.
This pandemic will lead to retrenchments as the companies struggle to stay afloat. Businesses will fold, employees will find themselves jobless.
So instead of wishing it wouldn’t happen, that our government will finance the inevitable and hope for a miracle to happen, I choose to take actions into my own hands and prepare myself.
For Covid-related articles, check out these:
What to do If You Lost Your Job During Covid-19 Recession?
What should we do to minimize COVID-19’s economic impact?
Covid-19: Malaysia Movement Control Order Announcement – Biggest Impact will be Workers
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