Living in the frozen tundra as I do, the coming of Spring really makes a difference in how you live – and what you wear.
As northerners contemplate putting away their heavy winter gear, no wonder our thoughts turn to cleaning out our closets.
It occurred to me that careers can benefit from a similar once-over. Do you have any of these things in your career closet?
1) Stuff That’s the Wrong Size
Maybe you’ve grown, or the company shrank, but somehow the fit is gone between you and your job. Don’t hang onto your position like a pair of jeans you think you’ll squeeze into again. This is particularly important if you can’t see any way to move up in your current organization. Do the right thing and look for a position that offers you room to grow.
2) Stuff That’s Out of Style
I personally had bell bottoms hanging around in my closet so long they pretty much lasted until flared leg pants came back in style again, but that won’t do for job skills in the 21st century. Take a good look at your skill set and see what needs updating or tossing. Maybe it’s time to take some courses, or attend special seminars, to get familiar with and acquire expertise in the “must haves” of the future.
3) Stuff That’s Broken
Maybe the zipper’s jammed, or the heel is broken… Or the company has lost key contracts or personnel or the whole industry is in such a state of flux it makes a roller coaster ride seem relaxing. While it’s possible you might be able to fix the broken stuff in your closet, you need to be realistic about the problems in your work life. There may be problems at your work place that you can address, but others are clearly out of your control. This goes beyond the big things, such as industry-wide upheaval, and includes smaller things that can make your day-to-day experience miserable, like a difficult supervisor.
4) Too Much Stuff?
Lots of people are trying to pack too much into their lives. Before the constant smushing makes you pop, take a good hard look at everything you’re trying to fit into a 24 hour time period that’s just as limited as the tiniest closet. If you’ve ever tangled with small storage spaces, you might know that before you can add something new, you have to get rid of something old. Trying to achieve work-life balance can require similar tossing.
But it’s worth it. Once you’ve gone through your career closet, you might have time to enjoy the spring flowers.
by Danielle Dresden