Posts tagged #Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning At Work

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Rebirth, regrowth and cleaning, all words synonymous with springtime. Are you on a Marie Kondo kick at home? Bring that cleaning attitude to work. Getting rid of those loose papers in your desk can really help clear the mind and adjust your focus on your goals.

There’s a reason why spring cleaning is so popular, it allows you to cleanse the excess you accumulated during the winter and get back to what’s really important. Here are some ways to spring clean at work, and prepare for a productive and efficient summer.

Go Digital

Use technology to help you stay organized. If you have performance reviews, old training materials, or other important documents you want to keep for reference, scan them and keep them on your computer or put them on a USB drive. Cutting down the paper clutter around your desk will help you stay organized and focused.

Use Organizers

Are you the type of person to keep a little bit of everything in your desk because who knows when you’ll need chapstick or breath mints? Invest in desk organizers. They help you locate items quickly and allow you to group similar items together.

Throw Things Away

After you’ve taken the steps above, throw out/recycle/shred papers that you don’t need and that extra stapler you’ve been hoarding. If you haven’t looked at or used something in a month, toss it.

Go Through Digital Documents

The documents, spreadsheets, and papers you have on your computer need attention too. Spend some time taking inventory of digital documents. If they’re important, create a folder on your computer and compile similar documents with it. If not, trash them!

If you use your desktop as your digital catch-all, create a few key folders that you know you will access regularly. A busy desktop is the same as a cluttered desk. Plus, it slows down your computer’s performance!

Refresh your Career Binder

Did you give a stellar presentation or receive impressive praise from your boss? Keep those items in your career binder. It’s easier to refresh your digital portfolio regularly than it is to do it while you’re on the job hunt. What better way to celebrate Spring than to acknowledge your own accomplishments by updating your career binder!

Want to learn more about putting together a career binder? Here’s a blog on how to put one together and what should go in it.

Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you. Make small goals and tackle one or two small things a day. You’ll be surprised at how great you’ll feel to see the progress!

What will you be spring cleaning this month?

Posted on April 9, 2019 and filed under Career.

Spring Cleaning Your Career Assets

Spring Cleaning Career Assets

We’re a few weeks into Spring - have you tackled your Spring Cleaning yet? Washing windows, cleaning under the couch, scrubbing behind the toilet...these aren’t the most fun tasks in the world. Understandably, most people procrastinate to the point where they might as well just leave the tasks for the following Spring.

While it’s OK to put off your household Spring Cleaning chores, don’t delay Spring Cleaning your career assets, including your:

Why Your Career Assets Need Spring Cleaning

If you are planning to look for a new job in the near future, it’s imperative that your information and resources are up-to-date. But even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, it’s important to regularly update your career assets. In our digital world, you never know who is looking at your online presence!

If you manage a website for your work, ensure that the most recent projects and new skills are added. If you don’t have your own website, check to see if the company you work for has an online bio or other digital resources where your name and information is listed to ensure it’s up-to-date. No matter who is reviewing your information, you want to put your best foot forward.

Networking should happen even when you aren’t looking for a new position. When looking for connections, whether it’s for project collaboration, mentorship, or just professional friendship, having all of your most current information and skills available to share is key to strengthening those relationships. Almost everyone looks up connections on LinkedIn after they first meet, so keeping your profile strong and up-to-date is important.

Your resume and CV will be much easier to update when you need it if you are keeping it current. Instead of scrambling to pull together an amazing resume in a pinch, you’ll only need a few minutes to look it over and make slight adjustments.

Finally, how is your skill set these days? Now is the time to update your list of skills on your resume/CV, LinkedIn profile, etc. But it may also be time to learn more new skills or update certification on those you already have. Time moves quickly and many skills become out of date even after only a year. Keeping up with industry trends and the skills needed to keep pace with your colleagues are critical for career success.

Set a recurring reminder in your calendar to Spring Clean your career assets every year. The time it takes to keep these resources current are well worth the investment for a successful long-term career strategy.

Posted on April 11, 2018 and filed under Career.