I was very pleased to be asked by the Hotel Marketing Association to write a post for their site to help hotel marketers that have been furloughed during Covid-19. Even if you are not working in the hospitality industry, I think the ideas will still be useful.
A good habit to adopt is ensuring that your CV is kept up to date and that you are building it over time so that it remains a powerful representation of you and your career to date.
If you need guidance on the structure and layout of your CV look at recruiter’s websites for examples and tips. Recruiters look for different things so always be open to change your CV for a specific application.
Consider what you can learn that will make you a more effective marketer/leader/colleague when you return to work. Choose the top one or two to focus on. Study the topic in depth and have an action plan on how to put it into practice on your return to work.
We are all aware of our company’s values however few take the time to articulate their personal beliefs and values. Values are behind how you interact with people, the choices you make and how balanced you feel. Living according to what you value most brings great satisfaction and happiness, so this is a good time for some self-reflection.
The time to build your network is before you need to reach out for help.
Looking after your personal well-being during this time is crucial so take advantage of the exercise, nutrition and mental health advice that is available to you. It is likely to be very busy and even a little overwhelming when you get back to work so start a few new habits now that will help you maintain your well-being.
And accept there are going to be days when you don’t want to do any of the above and that’s okay. Spend quality time with your family, pets, friends and neighbours (remotely or at a safe distance, of course). These are exceptional times, that we all hope will not be repeated, and you want to look back and know you were there for them too.