Spring Clean Your Career Efforts: 5 Simple Steps

Spring Clean Your Career Efforts: 5 Simple StepsSpring is finally here and it’s time to clear the cobwebs from the various corners of our lives.  Whether you are currently conducting a career search or are stable in your occupation, the same philosophy applies.  The new season brings a time of renewal and there’s no time like the present to renew your efforts in regards to your career.

People innately follow certain patterns. Great comfort can be found in the repetitiveness of a schedule.  When it comes to business however, once you become comfortable you may also become complacent.  Here are five easy steps to revitalize your career: 

Polish your resumé  

Now might be the time to update your skill set or take some additional courses to stay sharp within your industry.  Employers are always looking for individuals with relevant and timely training to meet their employment needs, and an affinity toward lifelong learning is a very attractive quality to bring to the table.  Also, make sure to update all your certifications and skills on your resumé.  

Dust off your social media  

How long has it been since you’ve updated your LinkedIn profile?  Does your branding still portray the professional message you wish to present?  A new profile photo or updated skills summary may be just what you need to draw attention to your experience.  Always put your best foot forward. Remember, most employers will utilize the various social media platforms to check you out. Make sure any content you post online is appropriate and will not tarnish your professional image.

Organize Your NetworkOrganize your network  

Contacts in your personal network are unable to help you further your career unless they understand your professional goals.  Whether you are conducting a career search or not, it’s essential to keep the lines of communication open with the individuals in your network.  Remember that it’s not a one-way street. Be open to sharing ideas with those in your network. When the time comes to call on them for assistance, you won’t be a stranger.  Those in your inner circle often would love to help you succeed, but may not automatically offer assistance because they’re not sure what they can do for you.  Take the initiative and reach out to them. Most will be happy to oblige. 

Freshen up your wardrobe  

You don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks.  Keeping a few essential business pieces in your wardrobe at all times will ensure you’re never left digging through your closet should a last-minute meeting arise.  Adding a new button-down or accessory to your wardrobe is economical and can help boost your confidence.  If you know you look good, you’ll feel good too.

Spring Clean Your Career Efforts: 5 Simple StepsOpen a window to new opportunities  

Volunteering is a great way to stay involved in activities outside the workplace.  It reflects positively while speaking with employers and helps you make some new connections along the way.  Find a volunteer opportunity within your industry for the networking benefits, as well as the experience you will gain.

When it comes to your career, a little bit of effort up front can result in a big payback.  You wouldn’t neglect your spring cleaning when it comes to your home, and you shouldn’t ignore it when it comes to your career either.  Roll up your sleeves and put some elbow grease into it, and before long your career path will gleam. 

Shelly has been with Career Partners International - Green Bay since 2001, providing support in the Outplacement Division and office administration. Her responsibilities include preparation of candidate resumes and correspondence, conducting research training, providing candidate orientation and preparing workshop materials for the Outplacement Division. Shelly also serves as the company's website administrator and liaison for candidate online training opportunities with partner firms, including utilization of multiple software applications. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Humanistic Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

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  1. Cameron's avatar
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    Just as we all need the reminder of spring to throw open the shutters and see the need to dust and clean our homes, the same truly does apply to our career efforts. Complacency, the dark enemy of career success, can creep in on those unaware and unprepared. This is a great reminder of the need to continually plan your next step and how you wish to move forward in your career.

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