Finally, it is Christmas break! After a long semester with final papers and exams, the last thing on our mind when we go home is more work. However, Christmas break is the most wonderful time of the year… to focus on your job search!
Without the pressure of school work day to day, it is the perfect opportunity to designate time for your job search. Update your LinkedIn profile, search for jobs, research companies, and spend time to go in and talk to potential employers. This will help you later when it is crunch time, and you will be less stressed if you take advantage of this extra time during winter break. Help yourself narrow down your focus sooner rather than later, and find a handful of companies you are considering. If you do not know specifics, then spend time constructing and perfecting your resume! Before you leave, stop into the Career Center and grab a Resume Booklet to assist you while you work at home.
One of the best things you can do (and will take you less than a half hour) is to send holiday cards to past employers. This is the perfect time of the year to reach out to past employers you may not have talked to for six months. Showing them you remember them and took the extra step to send them a personal card, help them remember you fondly, and builds your reputation. You can really separate yourself from the crowd! This will also be advantageous to you if you want to be employed with them again, or would like to ask them to be a reference in the future.
Christmas season is always a busy time for nonprofit organizations and charities. Go and volunteer to help with Christmas gifts, put together care packages, work as a bell ringer, or help with holiday food drives. It is a perfect time of the year to help these organizations; they are always looking for extra hands during the Christmas season. Volunteering while you are home enhances your resume, and if you work well with them, they might be good references in the future!
Help yourself out and get work done ahead of time instead of waiting. If you can have an idea of the jobs you may be interested in you can start preparing your cover letter and resume, find references, and connect with people over the next couple months before you are applying. Spread some holiday cheer to past and present employers – not only is it a nice thing to do, but you will really be helping yourself when you need them later on.