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Spring Your Career Plans over the Easter Break!

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Are you a person that likes to plan ahead or prefer to leave things open? Putting together a template on what you want to do over this Easter Break to contribute to your career plans can go a long way to give you a jump start on securing an internship or getting that job. This long weekend can be a tremendously productive time in any job or internship search.

Network

No matter where your destination is this break – at home or visiting friends – chances are that you will have an opportunity to connect with others. Even family members can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to networking – take the time to ask Uncle Joe or Aunt Sue what they do or about their career – you never know you might be interested in doing something similiar!

In preparation for any networking event it is important to craft your elevator pitch (a.k.a.”Tell me about yourself”) so that you are ready to introduce yourself and share career aspirations.

-  Give them your name

-  Tell them something about your background. internships, involvement with activities and interests

-  Ask for information about an industry, company or career area of interest. 

Manage Your Brand

Take some time this weekend to review your social media sites and update them. If you haven’t created a LinkedIn profile, now is the time to do that. Here is a great check list for crafting the best LinkedIn profile – LINKEDIN PROFILE CHECK LIST. When crafting your LinkedIn profile,  think of your personal brand as your calling card—your unique promise of value. It’s what you’re known for and how people experience you. If you haven’t thought about your personal brand, these questions might help you spark an internal conversation:

-  What are your unique strengths, skills, and attributes?

-  What do you want to be known for?

-  What will make you stand out in the eyes of potential employers?

If you do anything this weekend, take some time to evaluate your social media profiles to be sure they reflect a positive image of you and are providing consistent messages. Just this week Cath sent out an email regarding another senior losing a job offer because of what a potential employer found looking at a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account left open for public view. You don’t want this to happen to you, so review your privacy settings and begin to use social media as a professional branding instrument and not just a social tool. One way to “professionalize” your social media account is to connect with groups related to your career interests on LinkedIn. You could join the Fairfield Alumni Group and your high school group to broaden your connections.

Prepare or Update Your Resume

Visit the Career Planning Center website for sample resumes and information on how to begin or you could check out our handout here – RESUME HANDOUT. After writing your resume draft set up an appointment with a career counselor or stop by drop in hours – Tuesday through Friday 1:30- 4pm to get it reviewed. 

Finally…

-  Review organization websites and identify internship or employment opportunities. Use this time to apply for positions and read up about organizations

-  Hit the malls, and purchase professional clothing for the interview

-  Thank all those you networked with for their advice and suggestions

Just carving out the time this long weekend to begin some of these suggestions will give you a boost in taking charge of your career planning!

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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