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Cleaning Up Your Career: How To Make Some Positive Changes This Year

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

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Cleaning up your career and making big changes can be overwhelming to consider; there are so many details involved in the process of finding a new job or moving up in your current one, and it can be exhausting to figure out where to begin. Making those changes, however, can really help build your self-confidence, enabling you to move on to bigger and better things, maybe even leading you to your dream job in the end. When you’re ready to begin, think about the process in terms of the steps you need to take. Breaking it down will help make it more manageable, as will writing down your goals.

You should also think about how to make changes that will enhance your skills, such as taking a class related to the field you’re in, or learning a new language. Boosting your skills is a great way to tighten up your resume and attract attention from potential employers on career sites like LinkedIn, where you can highlight your abilities in order to be considered for the job you really want.

A few things you’ll want to think about might include:

Your resume

These days, there are lots of different options when it comes to your resume and the information you choose to include on it. No longer are you forced to list your employment history in order; now, you can use a functional resume, which highlights your experience and skills without requiring a chronological job history. This is great for individuals who have gaps in employment or have changed jobs a few times in recent years.

Learn something new

Learning new things not only helps you build up your resume, it can help boost your self-confidence and esteem so that you can go after the job you really want. Take a business class online, do some research online from home, or learn a new language with an app on your smartphone. Think about what makes the most sense for you in relation to your chosen field, and don’t be afraid to list these accomplishments on your resume or your LinkedIn profile, as they’ll help employers find you.

Get organized

One of the best ways to make positive changes to your career is to get organized, and you can take this as literally as you want. Whether you need to clean out your desk and tidy up your files or just get your thoughts together, doing so will help to boost your mental health, allowing you to focus on what’s most important to you. Give your office a good spring cleaning by tidying up your desk and looking for new storage solutions, and make a point to try meditation to help clear your mind and get your thoughts organized. You might also take a vacation or short road trip so you can get away from the everyday stress for a bit and open yourself up to new experiences.


Networking is a fantastic way to make new connections in your field, and these connections could prove to be invaluable in the future as you make your way into a new job or start your own business. Attending conventions and luncheons is a great way to start, but you can also forge friendships within your own company to learn more about the people you work with.

Cleaning up your career doesn’t have to be a stressful or overwhelming process. By getting organized in the beginning, setting goals, and thinking about what will help you move forward, you can make some huge positive changes in your life that will impact you for years to come.


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