All the career help guides tell you if you find what you’re passionate about, and dedicate your career to it; you’ll be fulfilled. For some, the answer comes quickly and easily. For others, that’s not always the case.

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Deciding it’s time to look for a new job is a cycle of feelings – elation, excitement, dedication and of course, frustration. It would be amazing if it were as simple as finding your dream job, applying and getting hired on the same day, but you know all too well that’s far from the reality.

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The first step in a job search may be to determine if you have the experience and skills for the position(s) you are seeking, but it is not the only step. Regardless of the industry or the position, employers are looking for more than ability; they want workers who exhibit the following traits.

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When most people think about spring cleaning, they picture cleaning out closets, putting up winter blankets and clothes while bringing out spring wardrobes, or reinvigorating their gardens through pruning and adding new plants. Believe it or not, this should apply to parts of your professional life as well. Specifically, you should commit to spring cleaning for your resume. This is necessary if you’re considering a new position, but it can be just as important to be ready for the worst case scenario, like needing to find a new job.

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