One similarity that remote workers share with their office-bound counterparts is the need to constantly update their skills.
As of this writing, it’s the beginning of the year. (My word, January feels like an awfully long month, doesn’t it?) Many of us are probably considering a new job, gunning for a promotion, or perhaps a change of career. With telecommuting’s popularity growing unabated, it’s also possible for some to consider switching over to a work from home arrangement this year.
But for those of us who have been in the industry for quite some time and would like to change things up, how do we go about it?
1. Come up with your professional development plan.
Are there any skills you would like to learn this year? Do you want to be a better graphic designer? A better content writer? (I, for one, would like to learn how to make mature adulting articles like this one sound more interesting.)
A professional development plan boils down to what you want to improve about yourself and how you plan to go about it.
For instance, if you want to upgrade your pre-existing skills, you would probably sign up for online seminars or workshops facilitated or moderated by established people in the industry. If you want to learn an entirely new set of skills or earn a certification, on the other hand, there are courses available for this purpose.
Having a personal development plan can not only potentially help you command better rates as a remote worker, but it also gives your efforts some sort of direction.
2. Present yourself as an expert in your field.
That might sound intimidating, but there are various ways in which you can reveal your expertise.
You can try starting a blog or a Youtube channel where you share tips on, say, simplifying graphic design or understanding basic SEO principles. I think Amazon.com also allows you to write an E-book on your subject matter of choice, and you can even publish and sell the material on their online marketplace.
It might take a while for such efforts to produce results, but provided that your content is relevant, engaging, and above all, accurate (i.e., none of that fake news BS), books, blogs, and websites can open doors for speaking engagements, writing gigs with big-name websites and online publications, and possibly even some pretty interesting job opportunities.
3. Update your CV.
This might sound obvious, but plenty of people forget to do it.
The start of the year is open season for recruiters on the prowl for new talent, so it’s crucial that your curriculum vitae is properly updated. Take a moment to recall all the projects, side gigs, and seminars you’ve completed in the past year, and make sure your application materials accurately reflect them.
Don’t forget to revamp your listings on remote work websites as well, along with your headshots and your LinkedIn profile, if you’ve got one.
There’s this old cliché that goes, “The only thing constant in this world is change.” With automation becoming increasingly possible for several jobs out there, we need to keep our skill sets relevant in order to stay employed.
Still, the process doesn’t necessarily have to be frightening or even tedious. As we’ve seen in the strategies enumerated above, constant improvement can prove to be rather enjoyable and fulfilling too. Who wouldn’t want to be a better version of themselves each year, right?