It’s that time of year again – an entire week uninhibited by the burden of schoolwork, yammering professors and day-to-day worries. You’re tempted to bury your head in the sand of a tropical island for some peace and quiet, but this is the last Spring Break of your college career, and you know you have to make it count.
As a college senior about to embrace the reality of graduation on the horizon, time is most certainly of the essence, and you have absolutely none to waste. Spring Break is the perfect time to allocate an entire week void of distraction to getting your job search to the next level. By using your time off effectively, Spring Break could potentially be the most productive week of your semester.
Here are four ways to make the most of your last Spring Break of your college career:
1. Take advantage of your network by scheduling several informational interviews at companies where you could see yourself working.
An informational interview gives you the opportunity to ask a qualified and experienced professional opinion of someone who can relay first-hand information directly to you. Don’t ever pass up a chance to get in front of someone, in person, at a company that intrigues you. Here is a helpful article if you are unsure how to get your appointments on the books and make the most of your interviews. As always, make sure to prepare accordingly and show the same respect to whomever you’re scheduled to meet with as if it were a formal job interview. Your professionalism and thirst for knowledge will not go unnoticed. If all goes well, you’ll leave with a wealth of new information about a company and/or position that interests you, as well as an established connection to a current employee.
2. Update your LinkedIn profile and resume.
Between classes, extracurricular activities, time with friends and everything else, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and put some thought into developing your LinkedIn profile and resume. To put the importance of doing so into perspective, think of your LinkedIn profile and resume as your first professional impression you leave on someone. You wouldn’t want anyone to be able to say, “Eh, that handshake was a little off. If only they spent a little more time refining the wording of their handshaking skills into a results driven…” – you get the point. For some free virtual advice on how to take your LinkedIn profile to the next level, register for our upcoming workshop here.
3. Grab lunch with colleagues/bosses from previous internships, jobs, etc. and let them know you’re looking for leads.
There’s nothing better to jump start the job hunt than getting together for a casual lunch or cup of coffee with someone you previously worked with. Not only do they already know you in a professional setting, they can speak to your strengths and give you some personalized professional advice. Anyone in your network with more experience than you is an asset, and who knew that they knew so-and-so is trying to fill an entry-level opening. You certainly wouldn’t have without reaching out!
4. Attend a networking event or workshop.
By putting yourself in a situation where others around you are in similar circumstances, you’re bound to make connections and dig up leads if you’re willing to put yourself out there. Networking events, career conferences and workshops are great to meet fellow job seekers and representatives from various companies looking to fill positions.