Thinking about spring cleaning while the DC area is recovering from winter’s last gasp may seem incongruous. Sure, the cherry blossoms are out, but it’s still cold! While that may be true we are also rapidly heading towards the end of the first quarter. And while we get into the spring cleaning mindset there is one aspect of our lives that definitely deserves to be a part of that treatment. Here are a few tips and suggestions to put some polish on your career:
With a third of the year almost gone now would be a good time to take a step back and assess where you are. Are you on the path you want to be on? Is your current position fulfilling and presenting enough growth? In short – are you happy?
Do The Do
You know that big “to-do” list you started… and kept adding to? Take some time to review what you’ve accomplished. What is still left pending and what no longer applies? Sometimes, this kind of fresh start can change your outlook.
Polish The Resume
Seriously, when was the last time you looked at it? Are all the dates and experiences accurate? Have your skill sets or experience changed? A quick once over may be all you need.
We could wax on at length here but let’s keep it simple. Potential employers will scan your social media accounts. Now would be a good time to review your privacy settings. And get rid of any posts, pics, or tweets you would not want to share with a potential employer. Basically, if you wouldn’t show it to your grandma – maybe it shouldn’t be there. One other platform to really focus on is LinkedIn. Like your resume, this should be updated with your latest and greatest. People will stalk your profile. Are you presenting yourself in the best light?
Broaden Your Reach
Consider joining a professional networking organization. This could be within your industry to deepen your knowledge base. Or, you could just hang with other professionals and share in the cross-pollination of ideas… and contacts. While you’re at it, consider taking an online or evening course to broaden your skill set.
Speaking of which, when was the last time you reviewed your contact list? Are there people in there you should delete? More importantly, are there contacts you have not connected with in a while? It might be time to rekindle old relationships and acquaintances. People always like to talk about themselves. Consider reaching out to some contacts to inquire how they are doing – both professionally and personally.
Styles change. Things wear out. Take some time to look through your collection of business attire. If you haven’t worn that tie or skirt in six months it may be time to donate it to Goodwill (sorry, shameless plug). Also, spring is a good time to update and freshen what you wear. A new look can have an effect on how you’re perceived. Plus, it can be fun.
These are just a few general suggestions for how to approach spring cleaning your career. We’re sure there are countless others.
Did we miss and spring cleaning career tips you’re planning on implementing in your professional life? Let us know!