December 18, 2015

Job Search Tips: Don't take a break from your career search this holiday season!

Julie Gutheil is the director of career development at Weatherhead's Career Management Office.

While it may be tempting to take a break from your internship/job search during this winter break, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on and evaluate your career search to date and create an action plan going forward. You should remain focused on your goal and continue to engage in your search. This is an opportune time to focus on your search now that the fall semester is behind you. Below are some steps you can take to stay engaged and continue the momentum you've built during the fall.

Network
Make a point of continuing to build your network. Reach out to your current contacts to wish them happy holidays...it's a simple sentiment that can have a big impact. You should also put effort into finding new individuals to connect with through LinkedIn. Make a goal of sending 10 requests to new individuals to meet for coffee prior to spring classes beginning. If you happen to be traveling during the break, take the opportunity to find alumni/contacts in the area you are traveling to and set up a meeting.

Research
Create a list of 25+ new companies you are interested in working for and learn more about them. Use LinkedIn to find alumni or other potential connections you could reach out to at those companies. Visit the CMO Library to check out a book or learn more about your industry using Vault.

Practice
CMO maintains regular office hours during your break, so take advantage of this time to meet with us to talk about your career strategy or schedule mock interviews with the CMO staff.  If you are out of town, take advantage of the mock interview module in Career Link (found under the resources tab), or schedule a phone or Skype session with a CMO team member. This is also a great time to update your resume and LinkedIn profile with any projects or part-time work/internships from the fall semester.

Apply
Keep searching job boards, including Career Link, and apply to opportunities. Companies will continue to post positions, and you don't want to miss out.

From everyone in the CMO office, happy winter break (just not from your career search)!

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