careerBUZZ: 4 Career Prep Tips over Holiday Break

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Santa is coming to town and a million questions are coming your way about your future career plans! To avoid looking like a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins, look at this long break as an opportunity to prepare for your career. Below are four things you can do to avoid Santa’s Naughty List and living your parents’ basement for another 20 years!

Network

Who would have thought that wearing your Christmas best could serve multiple purposes? Not only will you look great in your family pictures, but you will be representing yourself as a young, responsible professional who is in the job search! Talking with friends and family in your hometown could result in hearing about just the opportunity you were looking for. Even if your direct friends or family may not be able to provide you with any holiday cheer, they may be able to put you in contact with someone who may have something available. So, put on a smile, practice your elevator pitch, and maybe you will get lucky enough to receive an unexpected Christmas gift!

Job/Internship Search on HireaHawk

Even if you have as many things as Buddy the Elf does on his Holiday to do list, I believe you may have room for one more. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and start scrolling on HireaHawk! There are countless job and internship opportunities available and listed on this website for Hawkeyes and Alumni. Once you set up your HireaHawk account and get your resume approved, you are free to start the job search! Even if you are not ready to apply for anything, it would be really helpful to get familiar with positions that are offered. After, you can surely reward yourself with snow angels and an entire roll of cookie dough!

Update Your Resume

Break is a great time for updating your resume with all of your awesome accomplishments achieved over the past semester! It would a shame for an employer to say that you sit on a throne of lies because you find that you turned in a resume that is no longer relevant. If you would like more assistance in making your resume clear, consistent, and concise, check out our resume templates online at www.careers.uiowa.edu/resumes and book an appointment with a Career Advisor to have it reviewed!

Update Your Cover Letter

Cover letters seem to be especially intimidating because there is room for a lot of variability! However, they no longer have to be the bane of your existence! Let’s think of it in terms of Christmas since we are all feeling oh so festive this time of year. Let’s say a little girl is writing to Santa. In the first paragraph she begins to explain how she heard of Santa, and that she would love to be considered as a recipient of all of his gifts. The next paragraph explains why she should be on the ‘nice’ list in describing some of the best things she has done this past year. She then might add another small paragraph with an additional highlight. Finally, the little girl would wrap up her letter to Santa thanking him for the opportunity and that she looks forward to hearing from him!

We encourage you to stop in to the Pomerantz Career Center Monday through Friday from 10am-3pm to receive personalized assistance from a Peer Career Advisor, or schedule an appointment with a professional Career Advisor! Also, check out our website for a variety of information regarding professional development and resources that might be of help to you. Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!

Written by Bri Holtkamp, Peer Advisor