As my good friend Bob Dylan said “Times, they are a changing.” I am not sure he imagined this, even when he was at his most high. But he was right. We are living in constant change and we find ourselves just as busy as ever.
We don’t know what our work lives will look like in three months or six months. There will be new patterns of work and ways of getting things done. There will be more work from home and different ways to collaborate. There will be changes in corporate leadership as new types of leaders step up or take over or shine differently.
So how do you prepare for this? Two things: pay attention and be ready to look at new opportunities.
Paying attention means listening in to the seemingly endless Town Halls and meetings. Watch who is talking, who is leading and listen for any subtle, between-the-lines type information. Also, make sure to stay connected to people outside your work group. Rekindle your relationships with customer service of finance. Check in with HR or Communications.
Getting ready for new opportunities does not mean you need to look for a job. It means being open to conversations about your future and different ways to use your skills and passions. And it means having a resume ready to follow up on those conversations.
Refreshing your resume is something you can do over the next couple of weeks. It’s not as daunting as you think. Break it into six steps. If this time has taught me anything, it’s that is it actually okay to do one thing at a time.
How to update your resume in six easy steps.
- Find it.
- Read it and make a few notes.
- Refresh it.
- Edit it.
- Share it with two trusted advisors.
- Save it somewhere that’s easy to access anywhere.
There you have it. Your toolkit for the future. This and $10 will get you a cup of coffee on Skip the Dishes. Keep you chin up and find humour where you can. We will get through this together.