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March 2014

Let in Some Fresh Air

Once you've done all the hard work of preparing your surroundings for a fresh start, you can turn that positive energy towards your own personal well-being. Clear your mind, relax, and be open to new growth.

Sometimes, it's as easy as opening the windows, letting in some fresh air, and breathing deeply. 
There was an interesting piece discussing just this on NPR a while back. In "Just Breathe: Body Has A Built-In Stress Reliever" Gretchen Cuda says, "As it turns out, deep breathing is not only relaxing, it's been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system..." 

Try to add a deep breathing break to your daily routine. Whether you do it in the car on the way to work or in a quiet room, it can allow you to open up your perspective about your life and your career.

Make Your Workspace Work

Chances are, if you are searching for a new career you may be spending a lot of time doing this from your computer at home. While it can be nice to have all the comforts of home, it can also be very distracting. 

You may need to rethink your workspace and spring cleaning is the perfect time to try out some new ideas.
I saw a great slideshow on Oprah’s website about home office makeovers and I think one of the most helpful tips was, "Make Time for Work and Play." I have an office and an area for me to step away from my office.  It helps to re-frame my mind and reflect. Then when I'm ready, I go back to my office and focus on completing my tasks.  

Moving your career forward is hard work, having the right workspace helps to keep you motivated. What's your biggest home office breakthrough?

Tidy Up Your Resume!

Now that you've tackled clutter, you can put your recently exercised skills of editing and organization back to work by tidying up your resume. 

I came across an amazing compilation of top resume tips on The Daily Muse that are sure to help.
Here are a few of my favorites from 
1. "Think of your resume not as a comprehensive list of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you as the perfect person for the job."
My thoughts: If your first point of contact with your dream job is an impersonal and boring list, then you aren't giving yourself enough credit. I like this tip because it reminds you to tell your story and make the reader want to know more about you. You want them to look forward to meeting you in an interview.

4. "Don't include an objective statement at the top of your resume."

My thoughts: Objective statements are the thing of the past. Have a summary, career profile, or professional profile instead.

21. "Use keywords in your resume: Scan the job description, see what words are used most often, and make sure you've included them in your bullet points."

My thoughts: Don't allow your resume to be missed because you don't have the key words.  Look at the job duties and use the key words so you can be part of the interview pile and so you can be part of the green pile for call backs.
There are 40 more tips on their list to help you get your resume updated and ready for spring. What are some of your favorites? Do you have any suggestions of your own to add?

4 Helpful Tips to Clear the Clutter

It’s easy to appreciate all the work that goes in to spring cleaning when you have finished and are looking back, the hard part is figuring out where to start. 

Before you can even reach for the cleaning supplies you’ll have to finally face all that clutter.
I was lucky enough to have a neighbor come over and help me get started. It can often be easier to deal with someone else’s clutter because you can be more objective when deciding what to keep and what needs to go. We realized that everything needed a place and now there is an art area, a board game area, and more space for hosting friends.
Wow, I felt so much better after we finished. It’s allowing me to breathe and feel light. You can use the same principles to clear the clutter of your career. What have you done lately to help you simplify and move your career forward?
Here are my four tips for you to clear the clutter and make space for your career search:
1) Revamp Your Resume: When was the last time you updated your resume? Even when you are not looking for a job you still need to update or edit your resume. Take a look at it and make sure it isn't cluttered with irrelevant information or simply out of date. If you took classes, volunteered, or received an award that should be added to your resume. 

Check out my next blog, Tidy Up Your Resume, for more.

2) Organize Your Inbox:I attend a moms monthly group and one of the members has an organizing company called "Simpler Life Solutions". Donna recommends in her blog "For every new item you bring into the house, let go of something of comparable size." You can apply the same idea to emails.  Every email that comes in gets put in a place, not just left in your inbox. 

When your emails are organized you can find important messages without distractions. It feels really good to have your email in order and it opens up space you to move your career forward.

3) Shred It: It may be time to shred, no I don't mean pounds- I mean documents. Have a shredding box and then pick a day of the week to shred. Keeping a schedule allows you to avoid having a huge pile build up again. 

Getting rid of unnecessary documents can make you feel as if a weight has been lifted and gives you more room in your workspace for things you really need.

4) Don't Let Business Cards Pile Up: Have too many Business cards? Move them to LinkedIn. It’s nice to keep business cards from networking events, but don’t just let them pile up. See if your new contacts are on LinkedIn and connect with them. 

Now you don’t have to hold onto all those cards and may be more likely to keep in touch.

Don't you feel better just thinking about what you can do? Now go do it. Practice one of the tips a day and see how much easier it is to move your career forward.