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.
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.
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?
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.
Here are a few of my favorites from
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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
2) Organize Your Inbox:
I attend a moms monthly group and one of the members has an
organizing company called "Simpler Life Solutions
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
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.
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.
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.