Spring Clean Your Career
Spring is upon us, and while most people focus on cleaning their house, it’s the perfect time to tidy up your business connections and career essentials. Spring cleaning your career includes many different elements from updating your resume to establishing your reputation online.
Performing these simple tasks regularly will save time and energy for when it’s really important.
1. Update your resume. Make sure it is current, including your present job and volunteer experiences. Often we forget to add to our resume when we are secure in our careers; however you really never know when it will be important. If you update as soon as you take new training or volunteer, it is easier than doing it when you really need to.
2. Establish your reputation online. Social media and marketing is the way business will be conducted in the years to come. Establish your reputation online to enhance your business contacts. Make a commitment to update and connect with your contacts online on a regular basis. Today you must use technology as a business tool. Try creating a Twitter account, Facebook page or LinkedIn profile to start out.
3. Develop your skills. Learning is a life long commitment and there is no better time than the present to enhance your skills and abilities. No matter what your current position is, there is always some way to educate yourself and build on or access new skills to better succeed in the workplace. Effective communication, up-to-date knowledge and adding a variety of volunteer experience will serve you well and will look great on your resume – not to mention you can meet new people and have some fun!
4. Network. It’s not only getting your name out there and making sure people know who you are. It’s about relationships. People do business with people they know, like and trust. Make sure you stay in touch with past colleagues and join professional associations to meet new people.
5. Be creative and flexible. Know your real strengths and find ways to showcase your talents. Ask for work projects or volunteer in areas that allow you to shine. Create goals that make you stretch. Talk about your successes in a way that is not bragging but showing of your passion for work that you enjoy.
6. Be trendy. Know your industry and what the projections are for the future so you can always be ahead of the curve.
7. Think outside the box or outside the job. Start a company on the side and be ready for the day when you might be in search of work. And who knows, that side job you started based on your interests might turn into a runaway success.
8. Assess your current situation. This is a perfect time to look at what you’re doing in your current career, and decide if you are ready for more opportunities. Now that you’ve brushed up your resume and developed your skills, you may discover that you’ve got the qualifications for a promotion or the confidence to ask for more responsibility. Or maybe it’s time for an even bigger change. Whatever you decide, being prepared will make you ready for any opportunity.
9. Edit and update your work wardrobe. It’s amazing what your clothes and how you dress says about you. Go through you closet and purge clothes that no longer fit or have gone out of style. Spend some money on quality items that will last and won’t go out of style.
10. Polish your presentation and negotiation skills.Presentation skills are an area many people lack confidence in. Join a program like Toast Masters and learn new tricks to help you stand in front of a room and speak with confidence. Learning new negotiation skills will serve you when you approach your employer about a new contract.
The spring is a time of renewal and growth. Use the momentum of the changing seasons to update your career and allow yourself to shine at your current or future job.
Posted on May 12, 2015, in Lifestyle, Office and tagged career development, job creation, job hunting, promotion, resumes, spring clean your career, workplace. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.