Star’s Corner: Tidy Up! Spring Cleaning for your Career
A great place to start is to take a look at where you are professionally by asking yourself these questions: Are you where you want to be? Are you earning enough to live the life you want and save for the future? Most importantly, does your work fulfill you?
Even if you answered “Yes,” to the questions above, it’s important to take inventory of your professional journey and stock up on all the things that can help you move forward.
Here are some easy ways to tidy up and spring clean your career
Recycle your Networking List
Renew old connections and let the new ones bloom. Social media has made it easier to stay updated on what’s going on with your professional contacts, however, nurturing those relationships requires active effort. Take time to send an email to say hello and touch base. Perhaps set a date to meet up for coffee. Keep the line of communication open because you never know—opportunities can come at you when you least expect it and you may even be able to help someone else get to where they want to be professionally.
Clean up the Social Webs
Make sure your professional image and online reputation are spotless. Make a list of every social media site you use and check your security and privacy settings. Google yourself on a regular basis. If there’s something you see that you don’t like, contact the website and request it be taken down, or “push down” negative results on your own by creating positive content. For instance, you can create additional professional profiles that will help you gain more exposure or you can create a blog as an expert in your field.
Make your Skill Set Sparkle
You may already have an extensive set of skills but with technology changing every day, what you learned yesterday may be outdated tomorrow. Always work to advance your professional development by polishing up on industry trends and looking for educational opportunities to grow your skill set. If you have an area of expertise you can share with others, your sparkle will shine even brighter and you’ll become even more valuable.
Organize your Priorities
A messy schedule can cloud your productivity and leave you always striving but rarely succeeding. Set your limits and delegate your time in a way that’s comfortable for you. Deal with one day at a time by creating a daily to-do list. Consider, evaluate and assess the urgency and importance of each task. I find that once I write all my responsibilities out in front of me, I can get a better picture of what order they need to be in. Time is one of the most significant things we have in this world—we can try to control it, we can waste it or we can use it to make every second count.
Embrace the season and give yourself a fresh start. Happy spring cleaning!
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