During the winter break you could binge on your favorite Netflix series or catch up on some much needed sleep. But remember, it’s also a great time to be productive in your career development! Here are some ways to stay active during break:
Gain Real-World Experience
Many employers are looking for seasonal help. Seasonal jobs and volunteer work allow you to learn new skills, gain valuable professional experience, network with potential employers and boost your resume, while still affording you a flexible schedule.
Continue to check Hire a Red Hawk throughout the break to search and apply for jobs and internships.
Add These Items to Your Holiday Wish List
If someone is looking for a gift idea for you, why not ask for items that will help you look and feel professional and organized during your job search process? Here are a few ideas for gifts that help you invest in your future:
- Business card holder, business cards and/or thank you cards
- Wall calendar or daily planner
- Professional padfolio
- Business attire
View our Dress for Success graphic to learn what attire is appropriate in a professional setting.
You may have your watchlist ready to go, but we suggest adding a few more! Check Out Our On-demand, Career Development Webinars!
Set Aside a Little YOU Time
Discover your strengths, explore your interests and decide what’s important to you.
Career Services offers Self-Assessment Tools to help you set your long and short-term career goals. Winter break is a good time to take an assessment. When you return to campus, make sure to set up an appointment with your Career Advisor to review your results.
Reflect on Your 2017 Accomplishments
You’ve worked hard this past year; make sure that is reflected on your resume and public professional profiles! Add any new activities and experiences as well as skills and competencies you have gained or strengthened. Include relevant coursework and update your GPA!
Need help developing your resume and/or creating your LinkedIn or Hire a Red Hawk profiles?
Visit these resources:
- Complete Your Hire a Red Hawk Profile
- Use Resume Builder in Hire a Red Hawk
- LinkedIn Profile Checklist
Spend Time with Family and Friends
If you plan to attend holiday parties or visit friends, don’t be afraid to ask questions about getting started in your career. Ask your immediate network about contacts they can recommend reaching out to for Informational Interviews or job shadowing.
Remember, your network is bigger than you think! Talk to colleagues, neighbors, family friends, relatives and use free resources, such as LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool, to connect with Montclair State alumni in your field of interest!