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Make the Most of Your Holiday Break!

From Joanna Kroll, Senior Associate Director of the SI Career Development Office....

The break between semesters is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and have some holiday fun. It is also an excellent time to implement aspects of your job/internship search that you were unable to focus on or accomplish during the Fall semester. In fact, the break may give you the spare time you need to prepare your materials, research, and apply for promising employment opportunities.

The Career Development Team wanted to provide you with a few suggested action items for using the break to get ahead on your search:

1. Spend time on iTrack
• Update your profile and resume—if you haven’t already
• Browse job and internship postings
• Create Search Agents to match your geographic preference, industry or area of interest so that you receive an automatic email notification of relevant postings

2. Create a Job/Internship Search Toolkit
• Update your resume or create several versions if you are targeting different industries
• Draft cover letters
• Create your “pitch” and prepare to deliver it to those who ask about your job search
• Create or update your online portfolio to illustrate your most relevant work/project samples
• Ask friends or family to review and give you feedback on your portfolio

3. Network
• Talk about your search and career interests to both personal and professional contacts—you’d be surprised how many leads you can get by just opening your mouth and talking about your interests at parties and family gatherings
• Make a list of all the people you know including former colleagues, classmates, friends, employers, friends, alumni, faculty, etc.
• Now is the time to connect with your summer internship mentors to give them an update on your job search and interests, ask them to connect you with other professionals in the field
• Map out a plan to contact them about your interests and job search
• Make connections through LinkedIn
• Conduct at least ONE INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW

4. Create an Action Plan
• Map out a plan and timeline for your job search during the winter term
• Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound) goals
• Make your plan flexible—as obstacles out of your control may impact your progress
• Plan for solutions to any obstacles you may encounter along the way

5. Check out all of the great resources our office has online to help you through all of these steps http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/resources.htm

• Five-Minute How-To Presentations
o How to Create an Effective Networking Pitch
o How to Get a Job or Internship
o How to Get a Part-Time Job
o How to Write a Resume -- In 5 Minutes Flat
• Career Development Timeline
• Sample Resumes and Cover Letters Guide
• Job and Internship Search Guide
• Professional Skills Workshops & Presentations
o ePortfolio Series: What's an ePortfolio and Why Do I Need One? (PPT)
o expoSItion and Employment Fair Preparation Workshop (PDF)
o Starting the Job Search (PDF)
o Effective Networking (includes informational interview tips and strategies) (PDF)
o Mastering the Behavioral Interview (PDF)
o The U.S. Job Search for International Students (PDF)
o Starting the Internship Search (PDF)
o The Art of Negotiation (PDF)
o Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan (PPT)
o Dining Etiquette (PPT)

We are planning many workshops and programs to continue to support you in your job search progress during the winter semester. Watch for those events when you return!

We look forward to hearing about your job and internship search updates after the break. Remember, we are here through Christmas Eve if you would like to meet for an appointment.

Happy holidays from the Career Development Team!

Joanna Kroll
Sr. Associate Director of Career Development
University of Michigan School of Information
ph 734-615-8294 fax 734-615-3587

Students/Alumni: Search for jobs on iTrack http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/students.htm
Employers: Post jobs on iTrack http://www.si.umich.edu/careers/itrack.htm
Practical Engagement Program FAQ: http://www.si.umich.edu/outreach/pep-faq.htm

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~Thoreau

Posted by kkowatch at December 16, 2009 02:53 PM

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