Spring Forward

Spring is in the air! Last weekend, daylight savings time forced many of us to spring ahead by advancing the clock by one hour; students across the country are enjoying their annual spring break (or will be very soon); and the first official day of spring — March 20 — is right around the corner.

The new season presents a great opportunity think about how to move forward in a career. Whether you’re a job seeker or content in your current position, this is the right time to revisit what you know, learn something new, enhance a skill, or expand your network. 


1. Self-assess.

A simple way to advance your career is the occasional self-assessment. A little honest evaluation can help accelerate progress toward previously established goals, brush up on skills or technical capabilities, expand your professional network, and more. Check out these great tips for conducting a personal mid-year review that can help you get started.


2. Make the career and physical health connection.

If you’ve become accustomed to burning the candle at both ends, it may be time to take steps toward breaking that mindset or behavior. Did you know that working 55 hours or more per week is linked with a 33 percent higher risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of developing heart disease compared to working 35 to 40 hours per week?

Sure there are times when, in order to meet a deadline, you have to put in unusually long hours. We’ve all been there. But in the long run, excessive overtime can not only take a toll on your physical health, but your career health as well. The Mayo Clinic defines job burnout as “a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work.” Avoid this by taking the advice of Dr. JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey and Schedule Your Career Health and Wellness Checkup today.


3. Compile a kudos file.

Have you received praise from your employer, clients, and colleagues? Sure you have. But if you haven’t been storing this feedback in a specific place, you might be  holding yourself back. Take a few minutes to search your inbox and catalog your accomplishments — you’ll thank yourself during performance review time when you’ll be able to swiftly and accurately showcase your value-add. 


What moves have you made?

What are you doing to keep your career moving forward this spring? We want to hear from you! 

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About The Author

Stephanie Sherrod is a senior communications specialist for Kuder. Before joining the company in 2015, she spent 15 years as a consultant, writer, and editor for organizations in varying industries, including a major textbook publisher in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in ... read more