YES! Spring break is one week away - this is the time to rest, go on vacation, or catch up on some assignments for class. This is also a good time to start updating your resume, talk to people in your network about possible job opportunities, or line up a job shadowing opportunity for a field you are interested in!
Make sure to place any new experiences on your resume such as employment, memberships, conferences attended and research projects. Proofread your resume for any errors you might have, and have someone else proofread it too. Make sure your contact information is correct and up-to-date; you don’t want to have the wrong address or phone number on your resume! Take a look at the CDC Job Search Handbook for formatting your resume when updating experiences, and upload a copy of your updated resume to Mavjobs so that employers will be able to find it when searching our students’ resumes for talented recruits.
Volunteering can help build your resume by developing new skills or improving the ones you already have. At the same time you may learn some interesting things about your community. A great way to build a reference page with different organizations you volunteer for. Volunteer at more than one place you are interested in to really amp up your resume!
Start networking! Do you have a LinkedIn account? This may be a great time to start one if you don’t already have one. If you don’t know how to place your experiences on LinkedIn, check out the blog “I have a LinkedIn account, but how can I use it effectively?” LinkedIn is a great social media tool for networking and creating connections by developing yourself professionally. Establish new relationships and create new ones in LinkedIn through the contacts you've made in your work and volunteer experiences.
Interested in a particular career? Use this time line up a job shadowing opportunity with someone in your field of study to learn about the basic functions of their work and their organization’s culture. This would be a great time to get some more information about your field and what steps are needed to be successful in that field.
Spring break is the time to rest, relax, and catch up on some projects, but it can also be a great time to talk with people about great career opportunities, update your resume, do some job shadowing, and volunteer in your community. Use this time to get ahead of the game and explore the different opportunities available to advance you in your field of study.
- Antonio Moore, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center