India’s unemployment rate rises to 27.11% amid COVID-19 crisis
There is a lot of uncertainty around. Be it the job market or otherwise.
Irrespective of whether you have lost your job, still have your job or looking for a change; even during such times, you can follow these 9 practices to prove your worth.
These will help you thrive and eventually advance, even during such times and beyond.
#1: Build resilience
It is natural to get affected by the things happening to you and around you. However, you need to condition yourself to stay strong. That is the only way you will sail through.
So building resilience is the key. Not that things will not affect you, but it will surely help you bounce back faster.
#2: Be adaptable
This situation is novel for all of us. No one really knows what to do. So at work or even otherwise strategies are changing every single day.
Frequent changes are the new normal. And you need to be equally quick to adjust to the new normal.
#3: Be flexible
As strategies are changing every day, so is your job profile. What you may have been good at yesterday may become obsolete today.
Being flexible to take up extra responsibilities is the key to thrive in such times. Be open to own up to what matters now.
#4: Showcase your thought leadership
This is the best time to dig into your inner greatness. I strongly believe that everyone is a thought leader. All you have to do is spend some time to think and reflect.
Think about what value you can add to your workplace/to your customers in the current scenario? Talk about it with your colleagues, bosses or others at work. Consider their perspectives, refine your plan, and get going.
#5: Solve real-life problems
If you go looking for one, you will find many. Moreover, they are new-not just for you but for everyone. So whether or not you have the experience, attempt to solve them.
The worst that can happen is already happening. So think of the brighter side – you can speed up your career if you can solve even a small part of just one of them.
#6: Focus on innovation
Generate ideas within the set of given constraints. Ask yourself-what best can you do to better the current project/situation/anything you can at the workplace?
It is not the random eureka moments that would get you the solution. You need a systematic approach to come up with ideas that could work. Think inside the box of constraints, not outside!
This ideally should be the first practice. You need to learn, learn, and then learn some more. Continuous capability development should be on your agenda for life.
Learning will open a world of fresh opportunities for you. You will generate better ideas, do things you were not comfortable doing, and more. Sooner or later, you will get noticed at work.
#8: Talk to people
Network with as many as you can and as much as you can. It is a brilliant idea to pick up the phone, talk to your long-lost friends/colleagues, and get to know how they are doing.
Invest time on LinkedIn or other social platforms to build new connections to keep up with the latest happenings.
Invest in building new relationships and strengthening the existing.
#9: Last but not least, show concern
Everyone is facing some problem or other. And it wouldn’t be wise to say your problem is bigger than the others.
Whatever condition you may be in, show concern. Empathize with everyone around you at work or otherwise. The world needs a lot of it right now and even beyond.
These are tough times. We all hope this gets over soon. But till the time it lasts, it is the tough who get going! Make the most of this opportunity to emerge stronger.
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