Think spring break is just for fun in the sun, and jet setting off to an exotic location? Well, unless you find Union Square exotic, we at the Wasserman Center are still hard at work! As such, we want to introduce you to ways you can brush up some of your skills while you have the week off from school! Check out these top 10 things you can do to boost your career during Spring Break.
1. Revamp Your Resume and Cover Letter – use the resources at Wasserman to help you tailor your resume and cover letter to your industry and dream job. We’re here during walk-in hours everyday.
2. Brush Up on Interviewing skills – practice with your friend over a cup of coffee, use the Wasserman InterviewStream tool, or practice in front of the mirror- whatever you choose just make sure to practice! The more confident you are, the better you will do in a real interview setting.
3. Do Your Industry Homework – Research companies you are interested in and see what kind of candidates they are looking for. You can use tools like Hoover’s or Vault (found on NYU CareerNet)
4. Create or Update Your LinkedIn Profile – LinkedIn is a great tool to network and get your name out to industry professionals. Employers are also using LinkedIn to scope out potential candidates.
5. Informational Interviews – Find a mentor, talk to a counselor, alum, or an industry professional to speak with regarding your questions about your specific career. These insiders can help you understand your industry better and give you pointers. You can use the NYU Mentor Network to help you out, or even LinkedIn’s college platform to connect you to alumni!
6. Update Your professional Website – Depending on the industry; professional websites are a great way to easily showcase your work. This break is the perfect time to update it and ensure that your website is running smoothly and is easy for perspective employers to see.
7. Build Your Online Presence – Now more than ever employers are turning to the web to learn about job applicants. Building your web presence by ensuring that those party pictures stay locked in private, tailoring your social media accounts to your specific career interests, and ensuring to remove any blog posts or articles that may be detrimental to your chances of getting hired.
8. Learn A New Skill– Whether it’s finally getting a hang of that HTML/CSS coding or mastering the fine art of public speaking, adding a new skill to your resume will only add to your experiences.
9. Work on Your Writing Skills– Even if your career goals are geared towards science, business, medicine, or public administration writing is a crucial skill to have in today’s job market. Make sure you know the differences between you’re and your!
10. “Know Thy Self”– Take the time to go over all our accomplishments and experience. Be sure you can speak to those experiences and accomplishments eloquently when faced in a networking or interview situation
We’re always here to help! Feel free to schedule an appointment via NYU CareerNet, grab your passport, and head to Palladium for some fun in the career center!
Don’t be like this guy – We don’t horse around here. Bring your resume and your cover letter when you come to meet with us!