MSEJ June 2017 - Page 12

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Update your resume. Whether you’re currently searching for employment or have landed your dream job, you should always have a resume that reflects your growth.

Acquire new skills: update your resume. Start a new job or complete valuable education: update your resume. If your

resume is always current, you won’t have to worry about missing out on another opportunity.

Look for that job like it’s your job. Don’t treat your job search like busy work you can do while watching TV and scrolling through social media. Don’t avoid the job boards by cleaning out the garage and washing the dishes. Treat your job search like the important work that it is. Set aside a block of time each day to focus on finding your next job. Write down your plan for the day and check off goals as you meet them. Accomplishing that checklist can give you the same sense of pride as a sink without dirty dishes—I promise.

Network in your industry. I know—attending a conference, seminar, mixer, or professional group meet up might sound like the last thing you want to do. Events like these may make cleaning the bathtub look like a fun afternoon. But cleaning your bathtub won’t keep you current in your industry, and it won’t get you contacts that could land you another job. Check out professional groups

through LinkedIn and Facebook, and make the most of your connections. Try to talk to someone in your industry and learn something new at least once a month; it will pay off in the long run.

Procrastination is tricky, and it will do its best to hide in productive tasks. But you don’t have to let it win. Remember: the work you choose to do (or choose to avoid) isn’t just about today—it’s about the work and the life that you hope to have in the future.