Job Search Prep during Winter Break: 3 To-Dos
Prepare for your job search while you have some down time.
By Kathryn Knight Randolph
December 22, 2015
So you’re done with studying, exams and writing papers – time to relax! Or prepare for the job search.
While your winter break is most definitely deserved, it’s also a great time to do some internship or job search prep. By using this free time now, you avoid putting it off or sacrificing study time for your job search during the second semester. Furthermore, the job search prep that needs to get done isn’t too intensive or time-consuming. In fact, you could accomplish it all in one afternoon.
1. Create or update your LinkedIn profile.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, it’s time to jump on board this “social media” outlet. LinkedIn allows you to create a virtual resume and uses algorithms to help circulate your profile to potential employers in your field of interest. You may find that a majority of users are experienced professionals, but don’t let that deter you from joining the site.
Use the “headline” on your LinkedIn profile to advertise that you are a student seeking opportunities in your respective field. Don’t shy away or hide the fact that you’re a student. It could work to your advantage as you reach out to potential employers about an internship or job opportunity.
2. Revamp your actual resume.
Now is the time to update your real resume too. If you’re a college student with internship or part-time job experience, include that at the top of your resume. However, if you have no prior jobs, feature your education information – like name of school, major and GPA – as the focal point of your resume. Don’t forget to include extracurriculars, volunteer experiences and awards or achievements.
3. Make business cards.
College students have a unique advantage in navigating the job market. Many times throughout the school year, recruiters from various companies and corporations will actually participate in job fairs on college campuses or host special hiring events. At these events, you’d definitely want to bring along copies of your resume, but what happens when you’re just living your everyday life and you hit it off with a potential employer?
This is why college students should create and carry business cards with them at all times. Keep them in your wallet or purse as a way for potential employers to get in touch with you. Business cards can be made cheaply at vistaprint.com or a local office supply store. They can either be super professional or represent your personality.
Prepping for your job search doesn’t have to monopolize your entire winter break. In fact, it likely won’t even take up an entire day. Dedicate an afternoon or time here and there to get these few items job search ready, and you’ll be able to take on the market after the New Year.
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