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Your Career Needs Spring Cleaning Too January 18, 2022

It’s about time for Spring Cleaning. Well actually, I did a quick search and found that it’s usually done in March/April (you know, springtime?), but to me the beginning of the year is the perfect time to get organized so things start off fresh and clear.

Personally, I have found that getting organized has given me space to start projects that have interested me. So, if there are some things that you’d like to start pursuing but feel overwhelmed to begin, try and get organized first, and go from there. Starting is often the hardest part.

If you’re thinking you might want to start thinking about other job opportunities, the first step could be clearing your space to get started. I have listed out below some brief areas you can focus on, and some links to resources that can help you. There is a lot here, so I recommend scrolling to one area you want to target and reading the blogs from there.

1. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great platform when you’re starting off on your career exploration, because there are thousands of people on there who are just like you, or who have been where you are and love to share their lessons learned. 

I often speak with candidates who can see the benefit of LinkedIn but feel intimidated to create that profile. I remember when that was me. 

With that in mind, I have linked here a blog that can guide you through the basics of building that profile:

And once you’ve created your profile, click over to this blog by Peggie Arvidson to help LinkedIn work for you:

2. Resume

Not everyone has an updated resume, but this is your sign to make that happen! As you browse LinkedIn, you never know if you will stumble upon something you’d actually like to apply for, and you want to be ready.

Back when I got serious about building my own resume, my biggest fear was doing something “wrong.” So to help guide you, I have included a link to our blog by Peggie Arvidson with some red flags you will want to avoid:

You may also have some gaps in your resume that you are afraid to address. Since fear is what can hold us back from making progress at all, I want to help you there too. This blog addresses what to do with resume gaps:

And finally, you’ll want to set yourself up for success in the future as your career unfolds. Linked below is a blog from Peggie Arvidson with some guidance on maintaining that resume so it’s easy to update:

For many people, the holidays are filled with traditions. It’s one of my favorite questions to ask people this time of year, since it gives me a fun sense of their personality, how they grew up, or things that are important to them. 

3. Plan

Obviously, staying organized is a big part of spring cleaning, so here are some links to staying organized and creating a clear plan for starting that job search: 

4. Inspiration 

Once you have your plan, you’re going to need the stamina to keep going. (We all know the struggle is real with resolutions!) For this, I have included a blog that shares links to 5 Ted Talks to help you stay inspired: 

5. Further Resources

After all that, remember you don’t have to do this alone! Recruiters like us here at TYGES are here to help you in your journey. Here I have included a link summarizing the general steps I take as a recruiter to find the right candidate for a position:

And here, Peggie shares the benefits to speaking with a recruiter in the first place:

If you want more ideas as you organize yourself, there are so many more insights offered to you on our blog. And as always, feel free to directly reach out to one of us here at TYGES with any questions at all. We are here to help!

Written by: MELINDA MARRIOTT, Executive Recruiter

Melinda Marriott is a recent graduate of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and in Government. She is a hard-working individual with an enthusiasm for learning and embracing opportunities, and a desire to improve the lives of others. Melinda has established herself as a knowledgeable recruiter in the ABA industry. As a recruiter for TYGES Behavioral Health, Melinda strives to connect outstanding ABA professionals with the most fitting opportunities to benefit both them and their clients.

In her free time, Melinda can be found exploring Williamsburg, reading, listening to music, or being with people in her community. 

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