Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. This is the perfect time of year to give your professional life a refresher so you can stay organized. Why not brush up your resume and reorganize your office space? Doing so will give you a boost of mental and physical energy, and you’ll feel great coming back to a clean desk tomorrow. Read on for how a de-cluttering session can help you in the long run.
Update your LinkedIn profile
Rewrite your professional summary to reflect your current job responsibilities, and to update your current connections or even draw in new ones. Older examples of your work or job history should be polished or eliminated. Bringing your LinkedIn profile up to date makes you look more professional, and is a great way to communicate to your connections that you’re engaged with your career progress. Add a new profile picture and cover photo as well, especially if you have a great professional-looking image from a recent work event.
Give your resume a boost
Keep your resume fresh as well, even if it’s as simple as adding your current job role. Updating this information now will keep it at the front of your mind in case you need your resume for a job search during the next year or two. It’s also good to keep a running list of your work duties. Additionally, take a few minutes to reconnect with your professional references to make sure they still remember enough about your work to give a good reference in case you need one down the line.
Clear up your work space
Take a few moments to de-clutter your desk, throw away old papers and sticky notes, and wipe everything down with antibacterial cleaner now that cold season is over. A great way to get rid of Post-its that hold important information is to transfer that data to a Word document on your desktop. Take some time to organize your digital clutter as well. Ongoing projects and documents should have their own folders in Word or Google Drive. Finally, detox your desk drawers by tossing old lotions, makeup, or other miscellaneous supplies you haven’t used in months.