Everyone could benefit from some professional renewal during this time of year.
Five Tips to Help Spring Clean Your Career:
- Prioritize Your Workday
Do you find that the day gets away from you without completing what was on your to-do list? It may be time to reevaluate and prioritize your work. Make a list of your top five work priorities and focus on completing them. Try not to get distracted or sidetracked by last-minute requests or less important assignments. Use the technique of time blocking to help you focus and complete work on time. Plan ahead and schedule blocks of time on your calendar for specific work projects and stick to it.
- Update Your Resume
Updating your resume at least once a year will help keep track of your work responsibilities, accomplishments, and new skills or training. An updated resume will ensure that you are prepared for unexpected professional opportunities. Reviewing and revising your resume’s Professional Summary statement is also a good refresher for those networking events when you need to tell others about yourself.
- Enhance your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is a great tool for professional networking and industry information. It is also a resource that a majority of employers use to post jobs and search for candidates. Create a LinkedIn profile if you don’t have one yet or enhance your current one. Add specific degrees or certifications to follow your name, update your professional headline with keywords that describe you, and keep your summary and experience current.
- Increase your professional development
Stay current with your industry by making time for professional development. Join a professional organization, attend a work conference, participate in a panel – get involved. It will help expand your knowledge and network at the same time. Determine if you need to brush up on any skills or acquire new ones to stay current. Think about ways to increase your professional development so that you continue to grow and move forward.
- Reach out and expand your network
Are you in touch with your professional network and do you need to expand it? Make an effort to keep in touch on a regular basis with those in your network and try to expand it to include others outside your regular circles. Building and sustaining your network is a key factor in your success, especially as over 70% of jobs are found through networking.