Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Top Ten Career Things To Do Over Christmas Break

With visions of home cooked food and plenty of break time dancing through sleep-deprived minds of many college seniors, little thought is typically given to job searching over the holidays.
This year more than ever, though, maximizing the next few weeks can catapult one to the head of the line come January.
So here’s a list of strategies to do just that. Otherwise known as—-
Top Ten Career Things To Do Over Christmas Break
1. Begin visualizing the new you: an employed professional.
2. Take your research skills to the newspaper. Check the business section and classifieds for trends and ideas. Sample questions to ask: what businesses are profiled? Which sectors seem to be running the most ads? What qualities, outside of narrow technical skills, are they looking for? What terms do they use to describe those qualities?
3. Refine your job target. No clue? Schedule career testing and a follow up test interpretation appointment with a career counselor immediately upon returning to campus.
4. Construct or reconstruct your resume if you don’t already have one.
5. Assess resume additions for spring semester. There’s still time to volunteer, get work published on campus, become part of a professional organization, pick up further job and/or internship experience.
6. Purchase interviewing clothes at post-Christmas sales. Wear them to get accustomed to the look and feel.
7. Use social gatherings to network. Let anyone and everyone—your dentist, church members, friends of your parents, recent grads living in your city—know you’re looking.
8. Shadow someone at home who’s working in your field. Or conduct an informational interview to see what your dream career is really like.
9. Build your web presence. Clean up Facebook and set up Linkedin.
10. Establish an end-of-break goal. Meeting it will confirm the feeling that your job search has begun in earnest. 

 

 

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 12/16 at 01:24 PM
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