5 Ways To Not Let Spring Break Go To Waste
Spring Break is for fun, definitely. But you’re bound to have some downtime.
- Research summer internships
The deadline for InternLA may have passed, but it’s not too late lock down your plans for the summer. Now is the time to research opportunities in your field of interest. The CDC has many resources to help you find and land an internship. Also, check out the many internship listings on TIGERlink. Generate a list of your top five choices, and start applying!
- Polish your resume
Take some time to make your resume pop. Spring Break is a great opportunity to add your experiences and accomplishments from this past year, and clean out any old or irrelevant experiences. Rewrite and refine the descriptions of your work experiences to market yourself to employers. Use the CDC Resume Guide to get started and bring your document to Drop-In hours when you’re back.
Volunteer for at least one day at an organization that you care about. Not only is putting in volunteer time good for the soul, but will greatly strengthen the experience section on your revamped resume. Staying in LA? Try LAWorks for some ideas on where to volunteer.
- Do an Informational Interview
Identify and contact a professional in a field that interests you, and ask for an informational interview. This practice improves your networking skills, connects you with mentors, and provides you with information about different occupations. The best place to start is with people you already know through your family. Ask your parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors if they know people in your field of interest and start offering them coffee and chit chat!
- Beef up your LinkedIn profile
Why spend all day on Facebook when you can use social networking productively on LinkedIn? Your online presence is increasingly important, and you can bet that future employers will Google you. Spend some time exploring the many features LinkedIn has to offer, and make sure your profile is up to date and completely filled out. Attend our LinkedIn workshop on March 26th to make sure you’re using this tool to maximum potential and attend our Social Media workshop on April 1st to hear about how to get noticed and get hired using social media!
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