10 ways students can use the holiday break to get ahead in the job search


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This presentation shows 10 ways students can use the holiday break to get ahead in the job search. It provide practical tips that students can make the most of their time off.

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10 ways students can use the holiday break to get ahead in the job search

  1. 1. 10 ways students can use the holiday break to get ahead in the job search
  2. 2. 1. Network Holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends. Ask family and friends about their jobs. Think about who might be in town that could give you some great career advice or the inside scoop on a company you're targeting.
  3. 3. 2. Visit a company Chances are most people with full-time jobs do not have as many days off as you do. Take the opportunity to visit friends and family at work. Have lunch at their office or take the chance to job shadow.
  4. 4. 3. Update your LinkedIn profile I’m not talking about a holiday themed profile picture, but making sure your profile is updated with your latest experience. Write a great summary so recruiters can quickly get a great understanding of what you're all about.
  5. 5. 4. Practice interviewing Are you ready to interview with your dream company today? Interviews can come out of nowhere and happen fast. Be ready. Practice with family and friends.
  6. 6. 5. Set alerts for the jobs you want Use LinkedIn, Indeed, Simplyhired and others to search for the jobs or internships you're interested in, then save the search so that new postings will be pushed to you each day.
  7. 7. 6. Volunteer This is a great thing to do during the break for a lot of reasons, but don’t forget that volunteering looks great on your LinkedIn profile too. Click here for instructions how to add it to your profile.
  8. 8. 7. Do some soul searching Take the time over the break to try to narrow your focus and really think about what sort of role or company you're interested in.
  9. 9. 8. Research companies Read reviews on Glassdoor. Study up on the past 10 press releases for the companies you're interested in. Find more companies that you want to apply to.
  10. 10. 9. Set goals Make goals for next semester. Don’t let classes get in the way of spending the time you need to find a job or internship.
  11. 11. 10. Pick up a skill If there is a skill that would make you more marketable, teach yourself that skill. Read a book on it, watch “How to” YouTube videos and practice.
  12. 12. Any questions? Email me: derek.pando@gmail.com Tweet me: @djpando www.LinkedIn.com/in/derekpando