While Winter Break is usually a time for kicking back and reconnecting with hometown friends, it can also be a time for getting a jump start on spring/summer internship and job searches. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of break when looking for employment opportunities.
Define what you’re looking for
Take some time to reflect upon where you’d like to work. Specifically, focus on prospective industries and companies that are intriguing and inviting to you.
Make a list of people you know that fit the above criteria
Now that you have an idea of your preferences, jot a down a few references who may work within these industries/companies. Be sure to include any alumni, faculty, mentors etc. Hawks love to help others Hawks so don’t be afraid to reach out!
Identify in the gaps
After you’ve completed your list of companies and individuals you do know, find other people within the industry who you . However, make sure each additional resource still meets your original criteria within the industry/company. Fill in the gaps by organizing your own connections and using them to bridge the gap between you and whoever you’d like to network with. Use SJU Connects and to reach out to people to set up informational interviews.
Set a SMART goal
Realistically map out how many people you’d like to reach out to. Once you’ve created your list, decide how many hours per week you plan to allot for your research. Be sure to create a healthy balance between work and relaxation while on break. In the meantime, feel free to read up on informational interviewing tips and professional outreach on the CDC website.
Apply to opportunities as you find them!
Make sure that your resume has been reviewed and approved by the CDC before applying by uploading it to SJUcareers. Then watch these webinar on the CDC website to learn how to apply to opportunities! Always triple check for neatness and grammatical errors when submitting application materials. Starting early by getting organized and prepared for the job search will make the process so much easier when you’re ready to apply!