The spring semester is a great time to kick start your career prep so that you are ready for the upcoming recruiting cycle! And the good news is that there are some key things you can do that don’t take much time at all. So you’ll still be able to balance your new course load.
- Check your resume (5 minutes)
- Visit the Isenberg Career Center’s library of resume resources for all things resume! Remember that resumes are a work in progress. This is a document you’ll be editing a lot over time, so it’s good to get in the habit of refining your resume even if you aren’t actively searching for a job.
- Practice a few interview questions (15 minutes)
- Check out Big Interview for a huge library of interview questions and tips from professionals. Interviews can be a stressful experience, and practicing beforehand is the best way to build your confidence. And when you go show up for an interview feeling confident, employers notice!
- Get clear on your career goals (30 minutes)
- Winter break is the perfect time to reflect on your career goals and clarify your next steps. Take some time to think about the goals you have for the next semester, year, or 5 years, and map out your plan of action. Watch this video for tips on how you can use design thinking to reach your career goals.
- Build in-demand skills
- Whether you just have one minute or you want to spend a few hours leveling up your skills, LinkedIn Learning has tons of options for free courses. Select the courses that best align with your goals. Courses include topics as general as time management and as specific as algorithmic trading and stocks. Choose your own adventure, and enjoy learning concepts and skills for success! (Pro tip: Visit your major/program page on IConnect list for a curated selection of courses, chosen by career coaches and tailored to your industry!)
- Grow your network (10 minutes)
- When was the last time you looked at your LinkedIn profile? If it’s been a minute and the idea of updating your profile feels daunting, it doesn’t have to be! Follow the steps in this guide to get your profile up to date and ready for your network in just 10 minutes.
- LinkedIn is a great platform to learn about different organizations and connect with people who can help you along your career path. Now that your profile is looking spiffy, take a look around and start building your network!
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