Spring Cleaning: Career Version

We typically think of spring cleaning as reaching into the deepest, darkest places of our closet or refrigerator to kill whatever’s been living back there, but it’s much more than that! No matter what stage you’re at on a professional level, it’s always a good idea to take a step back and participate in some spring cleaning for your career. Let’s take a look at some ways you can ensure you’re on a path to professional success this spring:

Spring clean your resume

Keeping your resume up-to-date is always a good idea. You never know when an opportunity may present itself and if you haven’t touched your resume since 2009, that’s a problem! To avoid cringe-worthy pitfalls, one of our recruiters shed light on common resume mistakes earlier this year. Here are the top three highlights to keep in mind this spring:

  • Use actions verbs like “adapt,” “reach,” or “transform” instead of boring descriptors
  • Spellcheck is your best friend – watch your grammar and spelling
  • Be descriptive enough about yourself and your experiences so recruiters can actually get to know you

Spring clean your professional clothes

Spring cleaning isn’t limited to deep cleaning your apartment, it’s time to part ways with some clothes as well! It’s really easy to hold onto professional clothing because these wardrobe pieces can get expensive, but shoulder pads and bellbottoms won’t cut it in an interview or sales meeting anymore. Here are some things to look out for during your professional clothing purge:

  • Dry clean the fancy clothes you haven’t touched in a while
  • Create piles for “keepers,” “fixer-uppers,” and “donations”
  • When you put everything back into your closet, organize according to category (work shirts, work pants, jeans, dresses, etc.)

Spring clean your inbox

There’s always a point in time when you look at your inbox and go “ahhhh!” It’s truly terrifying to see 4,583 messages in a subscription folder and random messages in your inbox that should’ve been organized a long time ago. This spring, make it a priority to clean up your inbox. Earlier this year, we gave some tips no how to de-clutter your messages. Here are the highlights:

  • Be strategic with folders and delete unnecessary places to store emails
  • Don’t be afraid to purge unimportant messages and unused subscriptions
  • Check your email at the same time every day to keep your inbox empty

Spring clean your workspace

Working in a messy, cluttered space can create distractions and decrease productivity. Don’t be Messy Desk Man, the world’s worst super hero! Cleaning up your space will make you feel better and will create more room for important documents or work materials you may need. Here are some quick tips on how to spring clean your workspace:

  • Every year, influenza kills between 12,000 and 49,000 people and can send more than 700,000 people to the hospital. Invest in disinfectant wipes and use them often!
  • Get rid of the random pieces of paper, stress balls, pens, napkins and other small objects taking up precious desk drawer space
  • If you can’t reach something on your desk, get rid of it

Spring clean your profiles

We all have those embarrassing post that randomly pop up on our timeline. It’s only a matter of time until your colleagues, friends or potential employers get a hold of that material. To prevent embarrassing or unwanted information coming from social media profiles, this year the Medix Impact blog gave some tips on conducting a social media purge. Here’s what you need to know for spring cleaning:

  • Don’t be afraid to delete connections, followers or friends that you haven’t talked to in a while or who you don’t know
  • Review status updates before posting, and make sure the content you share reflects positively on your goals
  • Be aware of the platform – LinkedIn is for business-related info while Facebook is more friend-facing

Spring cleaning is a lot, which is why we have an entire season dedicated to it! Even if these steps seem tedious, take it slow, do one step at a time and you’ll feel tremendously better on a professional standpoint. Set yourself up for success for the rest of the year by participating in spring cleaning! Do you have tips or tricks you want to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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