5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Career

3/22/18

April’s almost here and warmer weather is just around the corner! While you’re getting ready to shovel your driveway for the last time, pull out your gardening gloves and deep clean your house, take a look at these ways to give your career the much-needed spring cleaning you didn’t even know it needed!

1. Time for that resume tune-up.

According to a study by LinkedIn, millennials will change jobs an average of four times in their first decade out of college. That’s a new job every 2.5 years! With all the accelerated career moves, make sure your skills, positions, and accomplishments are up-to-date on your resume. 

2. Organize your desk space.

How long has it been since you’ve organized your workspace? A recent study by Reliable Plant showed that an average person “wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for paper, which increases stress and reduces concentration and creative thinking.” Yikes! Give yourself a productivity boost by organizing your paperwork and giving your desk area a good cleaning.

 

3. Optimize your work week.

While we’d all like to think we’re always doing our best work, our energy levels ebb and flow depending on the day of the week. Jeremiah Dillon, head of product marketing at Google schedules his peak ‘making hours’ on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for writing and brainstorming, while reserving Thursdays for meetings and Fridays for open-ended work and networking opportunities. Take some time to plan out your work week ahead of time and see how your natural energy levels can work with you instead of against you!   

 

4. Learn a new skill.

Your work week might be jam-packed but picking up a new skill or two over the weekend can help your career moving forward! This quick-read from Fast Company lists five different ways you can boost your skills and improve your resume, with everything from volunteering on the weekends to learning a new musical instrument.

 

5. Explore new opportunities.

With warmer weather on the horizon and 2018 a quarter of the way through, it’s time to go ‘outside’ and see what’s new in your field! Plenty of companies are looking for positions to be filled this spring, and we’ve got a list of some of the top jobs in Boston for your consideration.

By Jessica Prouty

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