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Tips to Spring Clean Your Job Search – Part 2

Last week we shared six tips for freshening up your job search in honour of the coming spring. This week brings us even closer to spring’s official start—can you smell those daffodils yet? That means there’s no better time than now to tackle your job search anew and make sure you’re ready to get started once the snow is gone for good. To help you stay motivated, here are six more tips for renewing your job search with the seasons.

7. Spruce up Your Interview Strategies

Whether your job interview is conducted online or in-person, you want to put your best face forward. Be sure to test your tech and do a practice session to make sure that your background looks good, your lighting is right, and your audio is working as needed.

8. Air out Your Network Connections

If you haven’t nurtured your network, it may need some pruning to make room for new growth. Bring some daylight to your network by finding ways to maintain meaningful connections and grooming new contacts, too.

Make an effort to grow a network that can work for you and help you meet your career goals. Draw up a networking checklist as a way to establish guideposts and invest in long-term career goals that can energize your job hunt, no matter the season.

8. Polish Your Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is a short and quick synopsis of what you do and what your skills are. It’s designed to quickly draw attention and set you apart. Elevator pitches can come in handy in any networking situation or even a casual conversation with someone you strike up some chit-chat with at the store.

Evaluate your elevator pitch and make sure it’s current. Does it pack a punch and get across the message you want it to? Can you think of a better way to word yourself? If you’re satisfied with what you have, consider writing some more elevator pitches for different audiences and different settings.

10. Hone in on Your Home Office

Yes, spring cleaning can be a lot of fun. After all, who doesn’t like clearing the clutter and letting their space breathe? This principle definitely applies to your home workspace as well. Toss any papers that aren’t necessary, and rid your space of all that extra clutter. You can take it one step further by freshening the space with fresh paint and flowers or a plant.

11. Stay on Track

Even though it’s going to take a little more time out of your job search day, create a system to track your applications. This will allow you to monitor progress, keep notes, and log dates of when you applied and followed up.

12. Be Kind to Yourself

Job searching can be difficult. If you feel like you’re getting burned out by the job search, take some time to refresh, recover, and refocus.

Springtime is the perfect time to spring clean your job search, and using these tips just might help you get the job offer you’ve been waiting for. And if you’re looking for a partner in your job search, remember that Employment and Learning is here for you at any time of year!

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/