From CV updates to career changes – spring cleaning your career

Why You Need to Spring Clean Your Career Now!

As spring has sprung – it’s time to spring clean your career.

Change is not just inevitable but releasing the old and embracing the new is essential to remaining relevant in today’s fast-moving workplace.

So, whether you need to spring clean your in-box, your attitude or your entire career there’s no time like the present!

We get the low down on spring cleaning your career from our consultants.

1. What’s the key to keeping to your career fresh?

Reinvention, or simply keeping up-to-date, is crucial to career success.Tweet:Reinvention, or simply keeping up-to-date, is crucial to career success. @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel http://goo.gl/XCtgf3
Things are changing all the time. Successful people adopt technologies relevant to their sector or role to help them leverage their skills rather than resenting these advances.

2. So it’s important to reflect my ‘relevance’ on my CV?

Yes, we talk about spring cleaning our homes but I’d recommend spring cleaning your CV regularly too.Tweet:We talk about spring cleaning our homes but I’d recommend spring cleaning your CV regularly too @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel http://goo.gl/XCtgf3
Taking time to update your CV can give you the opportunity to add in courses and competencies you’ve developed or identify potential skills gaps.

Sounds like a pain, but if you’ve got your CV online – you have right? – regularly spring cleaning it is essential.Tweet:Sounds like a pain, but if you’ve got your CV online – regular spring cleaning it is essential @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel http://goo.gl/XCtgf3
Plus, updating your CV establishes where you are now in your own mind too.

3. How do I give my career a makeover then?

You need to ask yourself if it’s your job, the company, the people, or you that needs to change.

It’s time to get honest with yourself. If it’s a change of attitude you really need no amount of job hopping will make you feel better – you always take yourself with you!

4. What could I do now to feel better about my job, then?

Consider the pros and cons of your current role, then, address anything that’s within your control. We’ve already mentioned keeping on top of tech changes (above).

But, if you hate your commute, for example, while you may ultimately look for a job nearer home, right now you could add a new skill to your CV by listening to talks or classes on the move or simply tuning in to some comedy to lighten your mood!

5. So, what if I’m bored or frustrated in my current role?

While you can’t expect to be energised and engaged in every aspect of your job all of the time, if feeling demotivated or frustrated becomes mostly all day every day you need to take action.

Sometimes we take on a role to bridge a potential employment gap thinking we’ll be there for a short time and it turns into months or even years.

The problem with this is you’re not only not giving your best to the job you’re in now, you’re moving further away from your career destination and that can affect your self esteem.

6. What should I do now?

Ask yourself if it’s the role or the company that’s the issue.

If it’s simply the role is not demanding enough of you, then it’s time to take a step up.

Now, that might be in the same company, but if there aren’t any opportunities for advancement on the cards you need to start looking further afield.

That’s when setting up a chat with an agency or two could be wise – to get the lie of the land, as it were.

7. What if I need a change of direction?

So, yes, a job could be dull or frustrating because it’s simply the wrong job for you – i.e. it’s not playing to your strengths.

Say, you love hospitality and you’ve taken a role in administration to get a foot in the door, but really you’re a people person dying to get front of house.

Then you could look into the opportunities available to you in your current company, or again, you might need to look elsewhere.

8. What if I want to change direction but haven’t got the experience?

If you haven’t got much experience, or you feel your skills need refreshing then you could consider temping.

Temping can give you a great insight into a role you’d like to do, without the immediate commitment and in a range of companies.Tweet:Temping can give you a great insight into a role you’d like to do @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel http://goo.gl/XCtgf3
Temping is a great way to really get to the nitty gritty of what matters to you in a workplace and in a role – obviously the same role can be pretty different depending on the environment.

9. What if I need experience but don’t want the instability of temping?

Temping isn’t practical for everyone.

If you want to stay in your current role and look for a permanent position in your dream field, arrange to talk to people already in your desired sector to really get a feel for things and weigh up your options.

You could even discover that a current skillset you have now is in great demand, making your transition potentially more seamless!

10. What other spring career makeover tips have you got?

All sustainable makeovers take time. It’s the same for careers.Tweet:All sustainable makeovers take time. It’s the same for careers. @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel http://goo.gl/XCtgf3
So whatever your aim write a list and do one thing a day. That way you make steady progress toward your desired goal rather than feeling hopeless and overwhelmed by the chasm between now and your ideal situation.

Last words?

Change by its very nature makes most of us feel uncomfortable, but that’s no reason to stay stuck in a dull job.Tweet:Change makes most of us feel uncomfortable, but that’s no reason to stay stuck in a dull job. @Angel_HR_UK #QAngel http://goo.gl/XCtgf3
Get the support you need to make changes, be kind to yourself and make sure you give yourself a pat on the back for pushing those boundaries.

Now over to you:

Have any thoughts on what you’ve read? Taking any spring cleaning next steps? Got any burning questions we could put to future Q & Angel guests? As ever, we want to hear what you’ve got to say!

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