Spring cleaning for resumes & the job hunt

NEW YORK (CNN) – Sandwiched between the long winter and summer’s influx of college grads, Spring may be a prime season for job hunters.

Whether you’re taking your resume out of winter hibernation, or simply need a fresh take, it’s a good time to Spring clean your job search approach.

Online applications make it easy to click and send resumes too quickly, but they can also make it more difficult to keep track of those resumes. Job search engine, Monster, recommends keeping a list of where you’ve applied, so when an employer calls to discuss an opportunity, you won’t be caught off guard and so you can take the appropriate follow-up steps.

Spring clean your resume. Careerbuilder suggests swapping an old-fashioned objective statement with a headline that succinctly summarizes what you can offer an employer. They also recommend removing old experience irrelevant to the job you’re applying for, like those odd jobs you had in college, and freshen up references.

Also, Spring clean your online job search profiles. Just like a resume, clean out outdated information and update settings so potential employers can easily see the information they need.

If you’re looking to switch jobs and switch fields, look to some of the areas with the strongest hiring. The most recent jobs report from the Department of Labor saw hiring picking up in the service industry at restaurants and bars, education and health, and, the strongest, professional and business services like accountants and tech workers.

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