Kick Off Your Spring Semester The Right Way

Welcome back to campus, UW-W students and staff! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing break, but are ready to hit the books again, embark on a brand new semester of internship or job duties, and to get back into the swing of things.

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For those of you who took some pieces of advice from our last post, about doing career-related projects over the break, you’re ahead of the game! No matter what grade you’re in and how far along you are on your internship or job hunt, completing those projects will help to make your semester less stressful. If you haven’t done some career-related projects yet, don’t worry! You can start by doing these three things:

Polish Your Resume

I know, I know – we’ve heard this all before. Updating your resume is the first step in jump-starting your job hunt. I hope you all have a resume somewhere, whether it be in a folder on your computer or on your online website. Before you start anything else, make sure your resume is up to date. Check out this article from our archives, which includes five links about sharpening your resume.

Use Your Resources

No matter if you’re a freshman, senior, or graduate student, Career & Leadership Development can help you in many career-related areas. The staff can help you fix and spice up your resume, they can conduct practice interviews with you, they can help you figure out the best way to search for a job, and I know for a fact that they’re more than happy to talk to you about internship/searching and deciding what path you should take during and after college. Check out the staff list to find out which staff member would be best fit to help you.

Job Search

If you’re not looking for a job yet, start looking for internships instead! Visit the UW-W Internship Blog for information and advice on scoring a great internship. Employers will definitely notice if you have had one or two internships, so don’t pass up any opportunity to apply for one!

For those of you who are graduating within the year, try looking at job boards on the web, such as Hawk Jobs. If you’re new to job searching, look out for a post coming up in the next few weeks, titled ‘How To Navigate Hawk Jobs’. If looking at job boards isn’t your thing, you can also check potential employers’ websites to see if there are any job openings, and definitely mention your pursuit to your friends, parents, and colleagues. Networking is a great skill to have, especially if you’re looking for a job!

We post current job openings on this blog, as well as on our Twitter page and Facebook page, so be sure to follow us on these social media sites!

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I hope you’ve taken some of the advice into consideration and will stop by the offices of Career & Leadership Development sometime. We’re happy to help with all of your college and career concerns!

Photo by UWW Career.