Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring Cleaning-Time To Clean Up Your Professional Life

With the snow melting and the sun making campus warm, it’s about that time for spring cleaning!  You can participate in spring cleaning in all aspects of your life, including public relations!  Below are some tips to keep your professional tidy:

Clean up your resume: The more experiences you get and the more activities you participate in, the more information gets added to make your resume longer.  Every so often you have to go through your resume to edit descriptions and delete less important information. It’s best to keep your resume as simple as possible to make it easy to read and get a good idea about you quickly.

Clean out your inbox: Your inbox can get super crazy this time of the year.  You’re in the middle of the semester will all of your classes and you’re probably receive emails from your current internship while you’re looking for another internship for the summer.  There is so much going on and you receive so many emails daily.  One way to de-clutter your inbox is to start by going through all the emails you received from past professors.  All those emails are just taking up space in your inbox and making you stressed out.

Clean up your social media:  Being college students, sometimes you may post a picture on Instagram, a tweet on Twitter, or a post on Facebook that is less than professional.  Cleaning your social channels is a good thing to do often so you don’t have to go through a whole bunch of tweets and posts.  Your social media accounts are a reflection of you and future employers will take a look at your social media.  It’s best to keep it clean and check it often just in case to ensure it emulates you properly.  

Clean up your connections:  It’s good to keep in contact with previous internship supervisors and other connections you may have from networking events.  Keep in contact with people you know so they what you are doing and know your future plans.  By doing this, they will be able to keep you in mind for jobs that may come across their desk.  This can help you out in the future and also could connect you to other people they may know.

Spring cleaning can be a very liberating feeling and make your life a whole lot less stressful.  Are you ready for spring cleaning?  

This guest blog post was written by PRowl staff member Kristen Hallahan.

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