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Tips to Spring Clean Your Job Search – Part 1

The weather is warmer, the snow is melting, and soon the daisies and daffodils will be starting to bloom. There’s no doubt about it—in no time at all, spring will have finally sprung. And if the coming spring has you thinking about cleaning your home, take it one step further and consider spring cleaning your job search. Here are some ideas that may inspire you to rejuvenate your job search and gain a renewed sense of purpose with the presence of spring.

1. Tidy up Your Techniques

If you’ve been job searching for some time, take some time to evaluate your technique. Maybe you don’t respond immediately to hiring managers when they reach out. Analyze your job search habits and figure out which ones are working for you, and correct the ones that aren’t.

2. Revamp Your Resume

One of the major obstacles to avoid in a job search is not customizing your resume every time you apply for a position. Not creating a resume specific to the job description means you’re missing out on a chance to connect the dots for a hiring manager on why you’re a great fit. It likely won’t help with applicant tracking systems, either.

Now’s a good time to consider going over your resume, updating skills and accomplishments, and establishing baseline resume templates that you can tailor individually every time you apply for a position. Remove older or outdated information, and commit to a resume update that showcases new skills and accomplishments.

3. Polish Your Cover Letters

In the interest of time and effort, you may be tempted to copy and paste the same cover letter to help speed up the application process. But, just like your resume, the more you customize your cover letters, the more you increase your chances for positive responses from potential employers.

4. Connect With Companies

If you’ve had your eye on a few companies that you would love to work for but they’re not posting any job listings that match your background and skill set, that shouldn’t hold you back from reaching out. While there might not be any available positions in your field yet, your job application will be on the top of the pile when the position does become available.

5. Clean up Your Social Media Profiles

The springtime is perfect to look over your social media profiles and clean them up. Many hiring managers research potential candidates, and you want your social media profiles to reflect well on you.

Look over each of your accounts and check your privacy settings. What is visible to the public? Look over your pictures and any groups you’ve liked or joined as well. All of these things will be evaluated by a hiring manager.

6. Consider a Cleaning Service

Just like you might call in a professional cleaning service to help you spring clean your house, consider calling in a career professional to help polish up your job search. A career counsellor can help you clean up your resume, cover letter, job search, and more. Don’t be afraid to reach out to Employment and Learning for help getting your job search sorted!

These are only some of the spring cleaning tips you might want to considering applying to your job seeking process. Stay tuned for more advice on freshening up your search!

Information on our job search programs at the YWCA Employment and Learning Centre can be found at: Employment & Learning

This article was adapted by Shaylyn White. You can view the full original article by Jessica Howington at FlexJobs here: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/spring-clean-your-job-search-7-steps/