2020 is over, but as we begin 2021, the coronavirus continues to present new and unique challenges. We are still navigating unchartered waters with this virus. We have had to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being. Many of us are working remotely full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends, and family. Our daily routines have been disrupted causing added strain—physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for the isolation of remote work to lead to anxiety and stress.
You’ve tried everything. You’ve researched the companies that interest you and watched the employment section of their websites like a hawk. Networking hasn’t paid off. You spend so much time on indeed.com you’ve made it your browser’s homepage. You even went old-school and started perusing the classifieds in the daily paper. It’s not that you don’t have the skills, personality, and experience to win your dream job… you just can’t find it. Have you really tried everything? Sometimes, simply hoping a job opening will appear just isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to resort to the dreaded cold email.
Few career paths are linear, and smooth sailing comes only between waves. Career resilience allows you to navigate the inevitable bumps, twists, and turns along your path to professional success. And twists and bumps don’t necessarily mean you’re on the wrong path. Rather, they can serve as an opportunity to reflect, re-evaluate and, possibly, recalibrate. Learning to bounce back from a career-related misstep or an unexpected shift is vital to achieving your career goals.
The Covid-19 crisis has changed the way businesses and employees work. Now, companies and employees are increasingly adopting a remote work model. For many, this means entering embarking on a freelance career. Ditching the 9-5 grind and starting something on your own can seem daunting. The rewards, however, often outweigh the struggle. It’s not only about satisfaction, working for yourself can mean more money, more flexibility, and greater sense of purpose.
Soft skills are personal attribute-driven general skills, such as the ability to give and receive feedback, work collaboratively, and manage time. They are usually self-developed as opposed to hard skills, which you typically acquire in school or on the job. They’ll help you in a wide range of jobs, not just the target job you’re applying for. Plus, when candidates are, on paper, equally qualified for a job, it’s often soft skills that can set the right candidate apart. So, what are the most in-demand soft skills?
We all know the benefits of entrepreneurship… the excitement and freedom of having a vision and making it a reality, of potentially making riches. The question is, how do you go about it with the most confidence and the least risk. Why not learn a few start-up lessons from those who have gone before? There will never be a moment in your career when learning from those who have been there is inappropriate. But, while starting your start-up, it is essential to develop the healthy patterns and habits used by successful founders.