Easy Ways to Maximize Your Winter Break
Things to do in-between eating and movie watching that may just help your future!
Sure Winter Break is great for stuffing yourself full of holiday treats, sleeping in as long you want, and binge watching all those TV shows you’ve been saving, but it’s also a perfect time to get a head start on a few career-related things. Don’t scramble at the end of Spring semester. Liselda Fabian, our Internship Coordinator, suggests 6 simple things to do over the break that will ensure you are ahead of the curve come job and internship time!
1) WORK ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ
Has it been awhile since you took a look at your resume? Spend some time and review and update your resume. If starting a resume is too daunting, start with creating an inventory of your accomplishments. This would be a great jump-start on your document. The CDC’s resume guide will answer all your common resume questions, and CDC Drop-In hours will resume once school starts for you to bring in your documents for review.
2) WORK ON YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE
Did you attend the CDC’s LinkedIn workshops this fall, but haven’t started your profile? Well, now is your chance. Look over our LinkedIn guide to assist you in creating a winning profile! Sitting in front of the TV is a great time to fill in all of the different sections and think through intelligent descriptions of your experience and abilities.
3) CONNECT WITH PROFESSIONALS
Now that you’ve created/perfected your LinkedIn profile, you can use it to connect with alums or professionals in your area. Take a professional out for coffee or have a chat over the phone regarding their career path. Reach out to family friends while you are at home, or find alumni in your area using LinkedIn. Alums love to touch-base with current Oxy students and what a great way to practice your informational interview skills. And yes, the CDC has a guide for that!
4) START YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP SEARCH
While it may seem too early for summer postings or too late for some (finance mostly), you can begin your summer search by asking yourself some key questions:
· What type of organization do I want to intern for (e.g., large, small, for-profit, non-profit, etc.)?
· What career area would I like my internship in (e.g., marketing, fund-raising, public relations, etc.)?
· Where would you like your internship to take place (e.g., close to home, in Los Angeles or other metropolitan area, etc.)?
· When is the organization taking applications for the summer (if you do your research now you can mark it on your calendar rather than miss an important deadline)?
If you wait until March or April, these questions might be overwhelming to begin to think about. Why not take advantage of your break and be proactive! Good resources on career research are O*NET or the California Career Zone. You are also welcome to browse through the CDC’s Resources and Links page for specific industry sites or the internship handout.
Take advantage of the post-holiday sales and invest in an interviewing outfit for that internship or job interview. Many stores will have deeply discounted items that are a good fit for your professional wardrobe. Check out our Pinterest page if you need inspiration.
You have spent all semester running around with school, work, and activities, so take some time to relax and enjoy your Winter Break because in a couple of weeks you will be at it once again!
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