Like your personal life and home needs a spring cleaning, so does your career. Whether you are actively looking for a new job or prepared to jump to the next the next opportunity, it is important to take a step back and make the necessary improvements to make you a better job candidate.
In order to understand where you are, it is important to take stock of where you are professionally. Most of us get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and duties and we tend to lose focus of whether we are on the correct career path.
Ask yourself if you are happy to wake every day and go to work. Is your job providing the necessary stimulation? Are you earning enough money? Are you pursuing your professional and career dreams? The best thing to do is to take the time and take stock of your career and get a sense of where you are going or want to go.
Here are few things you can do for your career spring cleaning:
Review and update your resume – Delete all the hackneyed expressions and replace them with strong, active verbs that demonstrate results. Use words related to related to your skills and background. Get a friend to proof read your resume.
Register and/or update your LinkedIn profile – Write up a summary of your professional career using as many keywords as possible. Add all links to showcase your accomplishments. And increase your connections by contacting friends and colleagues.
Clean up your office desk – Take the time the tidy up your desk and get rid of the clutter.
Review and clean up your online reputation – Make sure all your network profile are up to date and clean up all those post and articles that might reflect badly on your next job interview. Upload information that presents you in a positive, professional light.
Clean up your inbox – Organize and save all important contacts numbers and email addresses. Unsubscribe from those newsletter that you never bother to read any more. Answer all your ‘to-do” emails.
Clean up your daily to do list – Review your daily to do list and see what things are competing for your time, and decide which to hold onto and which to discard. Focus on the things that are important to you, and don’t do the extraneous stuff.
Upgrade your skills and take a class – Continuing education is one of the best ways to either upgrade your current skills or a way to explore other careers without officially shifting gears.
Increase your networking efforts – The best time to network and grow your professional circle is when you are not looking for a job. Join your alumni organization and get to know individuals inside and outside your filed.