Wednesday, April 15, 2015

6 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Job Search

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Does anyone still do spring-cleaning? I find regular house cleaning to be challenging enough. I may wash a window and two, but that’s the extent of spring-cleaning for me.

Yet spring-cleaning may be useful for your job search by making it more effective. So here are six suggestions
6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Job Search [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Give your job search a
 on how to clear out the cobwebs in your job hunt:

  1. Refurbish your resume. Take a fresh look at your resume. Can you delete or shorten anything? Have you developed a new skill or gained work experience? Employers won’t spend a lot of time reviewing your resume, so clean it up and make your most important skills and experience shine.
  2. Spruce up your wardrobe and appearance. First impressions count in job interviews. I know you’ve heard that before. So if you’ve had a lazy winter, it’s time to get some exercise and perhaps improve your looks. Also study your interview clothes. Are they dated? Maybe a new item or two will give you a whole new look for impressing employers.
  3. Find fresh ways to dig up job openings. Do you use the same job sites without results? Consider reaching out to people who work in the fields that interest you. Perhaps they can give you some advice or job leads. Contact employers you’re interested in and present yourself and your skills. Avoid the same dusty job search.
  4. Blossom with a new skill. Employers want workers who can do the job, and the more relevant skills you have, the stronger you are as a candidate. So fill in your skill gaps with a class or a workshop.
  5. Clear your path. Take time to consider whether you are still heading in the right direction. Are you going after the right jobs, the right companies, and the right fields? Perhaps you need a slight shift in your job target.
  6. Reenergize with some fresh air. The days are getting longer and warmer, so get out and take a walk, a run, or a bike ride. You’ll feel much better when you get back to job hunting.
So put some spring into your job search. It’s the time of year to grow!

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