5 Easy Ways to Spring-Clean Your Career

From organizing your closet to emptying out your pantry, now is the time to spring-clean your home. According to Money, it’s also an excellent time to check in with your career. “If you’ve been feeling stuck in your career, spring is the perfect time to dust off your résumé and start honing your skills,” writes Jen Hubley Luckwaldt. “You could be in a totally different place, professionally, by the time winter rolls round again.” So which chores are on the to-do list for tidying up your professional world? Here are five easy ways to spring-clean your career now.

  1. Prune your résumé. Make sure to use past tense when describing past roles, remove unnecessary words, and delete the objective and references sections.
  2. Renew old friendships. Luckwaldt explains that “real relationship building means staying connected to the people who are interested in the things you’re most passionate about.” Call an old co-worker you haven’t talked to for a while, or connect with a former manager on social media.
  3. Clean up your workspace. Throw away old junk, file your papers, transfer business card information to your virtual network, and wipe your desk clean.
  4. Trim social media connections. Edit your online profile to better reflect your personal brand.
  5. Edit your work clothes and interview outfits. Go through your closet and take a closer look at the clothes you wear to work frequently. Has that white collared shirt been bleached one too many times? Is your pencil skirt a little too tight? Try your work outfits on and take a close look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Make sure that what you’re wearing reflects the best version of yourself.

Reinvigorate your work look with a crisp white button-down.