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Does your job ‘spark joy’?

Applying the popular KonMari method to your career, workspace, resume, and online presence could be the key to unlocking happiness at work.

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Truckenbrod also offers the following KonMari-inspired tips for tidying up your workspace, inbox, resume, online presence, and job search:

  • Express sincere gratitude toward your workspace. It sounds silly, but your desk has actually done a lot for you. It’s been a place where you’ve accomplished so much — it’s where you nailed the big account, earned your promotion, upsold your largest client, or launched your business.
  • Have a vision in mind with actionable goals. At work, that may mean creating a cleaner space for you to focus on the projects that matter to you. Your intention should be to keep only the items you believe will help you achieve this goal.
  • Tackle your email, desktop, and files. Look at your messages and files with the following three filters: what you need now, what’s pending —aka, what you’re waiting for some answers on — and what you need to keep forever. Everything that doesn’t fall into those three “to keep” categories, it’s up to you as to how you toss them. You can delete or trash them, or if they’re digital, archive them so they’re out of the way. Just make sure you follow your company’s guidelines on how to properly dispose of and store files.

Applying the KonMari method to your job search can also help declutter the process:

  • Tidy up your online profiles. Take a moment to Google yourself and see what pops up. Does your online presence communicate the brand you want? If not, take steps to change that. Your social media presence is a powerful marketing tool when properly cultivated. Use concise, punchy language to convey an image of who you are as a professional without resorting to lengthy blocks of content. Make sure to update your profiles regularly.
  • Organize your resume. Your resume should be brief and engaging. Discard extraneous language and details such as starter jobs, where you went to high school, and personal activities. Sort your resume in a way that highlights the skills and experience that fit the jobs you’re applying for. A cluttered resume will end up in the “no” pile.
  • Clean up your cover letter. Your cover letter should not be a rehash of your resume — it’s an opportunity to tell people who you are. Get rid of trite phrases, overused platitudes, and confusing jargon. Explain why you’re passionate about your career, obstacles you’ve overcome, and what you believe you can contribute to the organization.
  • Spark joy in the job interview. Prepare a few professional stories about how you overcame a challenge or achieved a certain goal. The interview is not only a chance for you to present yourself and what you can do, it’s also an opportunity to get a sense of the work environment, opportunities, and expectations. Trust your instincts during this process.

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