I can barely believe that winter break is already upon us. The fall semester flew by, and I’m guessing this spring semester will do the same. This means that summer – and its abundant internships – will be here before we know it.
For my last post of the fall semester, I want to leave you with some things to do over the winter break to be prepared for your summer internship search. Opportunities will begin popping up in late January/early February, so you will want to be ready to take advantage of them. Here we go…
1. Get that resume ready!
It probably goes without saying, but you will need a resume in order to apply for most internships. And if great internships start getting posted and you don’t have that resume ready, you are going to be behind many of your peers. The break is an ideal time to work on your resume. No assignments, no papers, and no studying leave plenty of time to focus. I have written about internship resumes before, so check out these posts:
- Necessary Paperwork: Your Resume
- Writing an Internship Resume
- You Have More Experience than You Think
2. Google yourself and act accordingly.
Have you Googled yourself lately… or ever? If you are going to apply for internships, it’s a good idea. With the high potential for employers to scope you out online, you will want to be ahead of the game and know what’s out there. And if you’re strategic, you can start to mold your online presence and make it a positive one. Check out this thorough SlideShare presentation to help you get started:
3. Start building a profile on LinkedIn.
I refer to LinkedIn as your resume meets Facebook. It’s your professional social network, and it’s never been easier for students to build profiles on the site. LinkedIn takes your resume to a new level and will help you develop your professional network. Where do you begin? Check out the LinkedIn resources on our Career Resources website and read over the following articles:
- How to Build a Professional Student LinkedIn Profile [PDF]
- College Students: 6 Reasons You Need LinkedIn Now
- College Student Internship and Jobs for Graduates on LinkedIn
Other social media sites can be beneficial as well. For tips, read Six Sites Every Potential Intern Must Be On.
Wishing you a relaxing, yet productive, winter break! “See” you in late January!
What is one thing that you will definitely accomplish over the winter break?
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