Now that the holidays are over and a new year is just beginning, it is the perfect time to take inventory of your career planning materials and take the steps necessary to get yourself organized. Once you have everything in front of you, you can have your materials at your fingertips and readily accessible. Don’t get overwhelmed so early in the semester! Here are some tips to make sure you stay on top of your career planning game:
-Create and clearly label a binder that holds all of your materials. Label specific sections in the binder for each aspect of the job searching process (for example, resume, cover letter, interview). It might be easier for you to create a folder on your computer and keep those documents in there. Be sure to email the documents to yourself so you always have a back up.
-Check to see that your reference list is up to date and that it holds all the pertinent information you will need when asking others for recommendations.
-Research and mark your calendar for upcoming job fairs and workshops.
-Stop by Career Services to pick up major sheets or other materials that can help you narrow down your job search.
-Ensure that your email address and voicemail sound professional.
-Create a LinkedIn profile to start broadening your professional network. If you already have one, update it and look for new people to connect with.
-Make a list of people in your network that you can make connections with. Follow up with anyone you might have spoken to over the winter holiday.
-Book an appointment with Career Services to have your materials critiqued, schedule a mock interview, or to get more help.