Following a long and hopefully fulfilling and fruitful holiday season, the New Year brings about inspiration in many of us. After indulging ourselves in various ways, exercise goals, nutrition goals, and money-saving goals abound. For those planning a career transition, this time of year also stimulates motivation (or panic?) to search, network, apply, interview, and secure that coveted dream job upon graduation.
Most of us “Resolutioners” will fall off the wagon sometime between now and March. For those preparing to graduate this spring, a March relapse could spell disaster for your job search efforts. Here are a few simple tips to get you started and keep you on track:
Include your career search in your weekly schedule. Commit a healthy chunk of your time to professional positioning—resume development, company research, networking. Revisit your schedule every 2-3 weeks. Don’t let May sneak up on you—it will be here sooner than you think!
Participate in on-campus networking opportunities. Professional student organizations, honor societies, and the Career Center host valuable events designed to give you a chance to meet with industry professionals. Take advantage—these will be pivotal activities in positioning you for your next steps.
Attend the Career Planning Seminar, a 5-week course that will equip you with the building blocks for professional success and confidence. You will be guided through a Career Action Plan, a four-phase career readiness checklist that is valuable no matter where you are in your career planning.
Communicate with your Career Advisor. The more you connect with the Career Center, the better armed you will be with information, recommendations, and leads. Take control of your future by using this valuable resource early and often!
These tips are for students of all levels. The earlier you begin making career plans, the more prepared you will be when the time comes to make a move. No graduate ever said, “Gee, I wish I had waited longer to start my job search.”
Need a pep talk? Call the Career Center at 401-254-3224 and make an appointment with your Career Advisor!
By Jen Conole, RWU Career Advisor