Monday, June 7, 2010

Professional Check-Up

There are lots of things that have a once a year feel to them:
  • Filing taxes for your financial health
  • Getting a regular check-up with your doctor
  • Spring cleaning for maintaining your domestic life
But what about your professional wellness? Annual reviews are a good indicator about how a specific job is going, but it doesn’t always encompass the scope of your full professional life or long-term career. Since June is Professional Wellness Month, we thought we'd share a few ideas on maintaining your professional health.

Update your resume regularly.
Resumes aren't just for applying for new positions. Keeping your resume updated makes applying for grants, submitting presentation proposals, and networking much easier, since you always have something ready to share.

Stay in touch with your contacts.
It's always good to stay in touch, since you never know when a contact is going to become important. If you don't have time for actually meeting with your contacts in person, using online programs like LinkedIn (and sending messages to check-in from time to time) can make all the difference.

Maintain a work/life balance.
Everything in moderation is a pretty applicable cliche when it comes to time management. You know how stress from work can come home with you and vice versa. Maintaining a balance between the two makes you a better person as well as a more effective professional.

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