By Hillary Lee, CAS 2015, Peer in Career
Finals are done, finals are over! Time to go home, relax, and hopefully enjoy spending quality time with your family! But wait, while you’re home, you should still be thinking about how to take advantage of all that free time you have and use it to prep for the job search process. Taking advantage of your time at home? It’s only a month, what could there possibly be that you can do? Oh, but the opportunities are limitless. In this post, I have listed 3 basic, easy, simple things you can do over break to help prepare yourself for the job search process during upcoming semester and beyond.
Add Experience to Your Resume:
Just because winter break is about a month long doesn’t mean you can’t make it a productive one. There are many things you can do over break to add more experience to your resume. Possibilities include volunteering at a local organization or shadowing a professional in the field you are interested in. This way, you can test if a specific field is actually what you are interested in before dedicating a summer (or lifetime) to it. There are even some select companies who offer short internships over winter break that you can apply for (but this also requires research in advance). Fortunately, there’s CareerNet to help!
Maintain Connections and Continue Networking:
Never lose touch with the people from your past! Meet up with old high school friends, see how they’re doing and where life is leading them. Keep those old connections alive! Just because you only see each other a few times a year does not mean they are not important. Another way to maintain connections is to visit your old high school. Catch up with with your old teachers, thank them again for all they have done for you and for those recommendations that got you into NYU.
Winter Break is prime time to prepare for the job market. Without the stress of school or other responsibilities, you can dedicate more time to improving the way you represent yourself to employers. Don’t just review and edit your resume, have others look at it too! Ask your family or friends to take a peek at it and tell you what they feel. You can even let your old teachers to look over it as well. Having multiple sets of eyes on your resume can never hurt. Break also gives you time to practice your interview skills. Explore CareerNet and test out all the neat features you can use, like Big Interview or InterviewStream. Now is the perfect time to practice in front of the mirror, because for the next month, you won’t have roommates who will judge you as you talk to yourself. You can also use this time to do more research on the field you are interested in. What jobs do you want to explore in the future? What are the qualifications for those jobs? What can you do to improve your qualifications? These are all questions you will have time to explore and answer over break.
These are just some examples of how you can make the most of your break from school. Don’t just sit there are watch Netflix on your bed the whole time! Remember, you are limitless.