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Boost Your Career Without Leaving the House

Often, it feels like you can do very little to improve your professional career development when you are a busy parent with kids to look after, but that is no longer the case.

Thanks to the advent of the internet and the changing shape of the workplace, there are lots of things you can do to boost your career and/or your career prospects, without ever leaving the house.

Sound too good to be true? Read on and you will see that it is perfectly possible to boost your career while you’re at home…

  1. Build an online presence

You probably have accounts on websites like Facebook and Twitter, but chances are they are personal accounts. If that is the case, you might want to think about setting up separate professional accounts where you can share your industry knowledge, network, and start building your authority in your sector, all without having to leave the home.

The more well-known you are online, and the more good information you share, the better your prospects are likely to be when the time comes to find a new job or apply for a promotion, for example.

  1. Take an online course

Studying for your BLS CPR certification online or updating your SEO skills. For example, is something you can do at home in your own time, which will help to boost your career by ensuring you have lots of skills, and that the most relevant qualifications for your industry are up to date. Many courses you can take are low-cost or even free, so even if you do not have a lot of money to spend on school, an online career-boosting course could be well within your reach.

  1. Work on a hobby

Many people who are looking to boost their career prospects think that hobbies are a waste of time, but that could not be further from the truth. Many employers are looking to hire well-rounded individuals so they often do like to see people who have skills and interests outside of work. Good hobbies you can practice at home which will look good on your resume include things like writing, sports, and video editing, but of course, you must choose a hobby that works for you and which you enjoy.

  1. Start an industry blog

If you have a free hour or two to dedicate to it, setting up your own industry blog could be one of the best things you ever do. Why? Because when you have an industry blog, you are able to leverage it to your advantage. You can set yourself up as an authority in your niche, and when you are an authority in your niche, you have power.

If you build up a significant following, and if the content you share is good, then employers will be very impressed to see what you have been doing, and actually, you can maintain a decent blog in an hour or so per week, so it needn’t eat up too much of your time at home either.

  1. Learn another language

These days the world of work is so globalized thanks to the internet and remote working solutions, that anyone who can speak multiple languages has a distinct advantage n the workplace over those who do not.

The good news is, it has never been easier to learn another language thanks to apps like Busuu, which you can download on your phone and spend as much or as little time practicing with when you have a spare moment or two. Good languages to learn include Mandarin, German and Spanish, but it is always a good idea to see which countries companies in your industry tend to work with the most as that will give you a good idea of what is in highest demand in your niche.

 

  1. Update your resume

When was the last time you updated your resume? If it’s been a while, chances are you will have learned lots of new skills and achieved lots of new things which would undoubtedly help you to secure a better job or gain a promotion.

So, why not spend some time updating your resume when you have an hour or so spare at home? Be sure to check out the latest industry standards for resumes and take your time to present your resume and your achievements in the best possible light.

  1. Connect

Networking is the cornerstone of career success. When you know lots of people in lots of the right places, it is fast easier to access opportunities that will enable you to advance your career.

Although attending conferences and events is probably the best way to network, the internet is also a good place to do just that from the comfort of your own home. Sites like LinkedIn and professional forums will enable you to interact with lots of other people in your industry even when you are stuck indoors, so why not take advantage of them and start building the strongest most impressive career network you can. It will undoubtedly help to boost your career now and in the future if you do.

  1. Volunteer

It’s not only networking you can now do online, you can also volunteer for many good causes virtually. Doing so is not only a good way to spend some of your free time, but it will also help to enhance your resume, and if you choose wisely, you may also be able to access training that will help to improve your existing skills too. 

There are so many volunteer roles online from managing the social media of local animal shelters to doing the accounts for a local sports club, that you can be sure that you’ll be able to find a role that meets your needs and helps you to boost your career in the long-term too.

  1. Read more

When it comes to professional development, reading trade publications, magazines, websites, and so on, is a great way to improve your knowledge and brush up on your skills. Of course, this is something that you can very easily do at home, and the more you read, the more knowledgeable you will be, which means you will be able to stand out from the competition when it comes to interviewing for that all-important role you have been seeking.

  1. Apply for jobs

Right now, it has never been easier to apply for jobs online. So. if you are looking to advance your career, it may be worth spending spare time at home surfing the various career boards, researching, and applying for any positions that you may be interested in. This is something you can do at any time of the day or night, and it could be just the thing that helps you take your career to new heights.

  1. Take a break

All that being said, sometimes, the best thing you can do to advance your career is to switch off and take a break. Doing so will help you de-stress and avoid burnout so you can work your job more efficiently and more effectively. This will ultimately position you as a better candidate for promotion, So, meditate, watch a favorite Netflix show, have a hot bath, or do whatever you need to do in order to relax and refresh.

As you can see when it comes to career development, being at home a lot does not have to be a hindrance, and that is good news for parents (and non-parents too) everywhere.

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