During this time of year, nature is beginning to wake up from its winter slumber… the grass is starting to turn green again, the flowers are poking up through the dirt, and you can hear the songs of birds in the trees. Spring is a great time for growth and renewal, and you should use this opportunity to consider the growth patterns of your career.
Spring Cleaning Your Resume
It is always a good idea to have your resume updated so that it is available if new job opportunities are presented, and spring is the perfect time to make those updates. Consider the new skills that were acquired last year, the progress that you have made in the 1st quarter of this year, and your goals for the rest of the year. If you are looking for an opportunity to find a new job or get the promotion that you have been eyeing, then it is very important that your resume is updated with all of these details.
Weeding Your Options
As you are looking for a new job, make sure that you are selective about the types of jobs that you are willing to consider. Too often, people accept the first job offer that they receive, without thoughtful consideration about how the job will move them forward with their career goals. Yes, it is important to land a job quickly, especially if you are currently out of work, but it is even more important that you are setting yourself up for future success. Make sure that you are being picky about the types of jobs that you are applying for, so that you can direct your career down the pathway of your choice.
Growing Your Paychecks
Spring and summer are great moments to negotiate a higher salary, because this time of year fits well with the way most companies manage their cash flow throughout the year. During 1st quarter, many times the company is focused on the tax payments that are due, and money is often tight at the end of the year since the budgets have already been spent. So, if you want to negotiate a higher salary with your new employer, then spring or summer might be a great time to do it.
Talking with a Gardener
Just as you would talk with a gardener for help with your backyard garden, you should also talk with a professional to help you with your career path. A career coach or a recruiter can be an invaluable resource to help you identify the best pathway forward with your career, and they can make it easier for you to find a job that you love!