Many of you have just gotten home for the summer. While summer is a great time to have fun and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle of classes, finals, and papers… it is also a great time to build the skills you need for your career.
Here we posted a fun cartoon with some great tips and advice to help you kick your summer off right and get the most out of being home for a few months.
Good luck making the most out of your summer!
There are lots of statistics out there but here are some that should motivate you.
The big number in the graphic above is that 250 applicants apply to each posted job. This stat by itself may seem daunting. But you need to remember that 90% of these candidates are only doing the absolute minimum to apply and are doing virtually no follow-up.
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If you are using email to follow up with a busy executive remember that these executives are frequently multi-tasking when they are reading your mail. If you don’t receive a response it is likely that you fell through the cracks. You need to remember to reach out to the executive a few different ways. Also remember that time of day is an important factor!
As the summer is quickly approaching, literally millions of college students are returning home to work the same old jobs. You are a waiter, bar tender, retail counter person or a life guard. The good news is that you are learning some transferable skills and making money to help offset next semester’s costs. The bad news is that in many cases you are not adding value to your resume. As summer approaches you need to look actively to add “professional” experience to your resume.
So you have found all the professional work opportunities in your town are taken. Here are three places you might not have thought of, where you could gain some professional titles and skills that may have part-time opportunities to round out your summer:
Related Business: Look to a parent, neighbor, or close family friend to see if they have an opportunity for you to work at least part time at their company or small business. Even working part-time for a sole proprietor could add valuable skills to your resume. The biggest thing I hear from college students is that they don’t want their parent’s help. While this is one way to show your independence, you could be unreasonably avoiding the best professional connection you have.
Your Church: Stop into the business office of the church in your town to see if they might have a full or part time office related position. Frequently, churches are starved for help with marketing, clerical or even some accounting related jobs in their business office.
Charity or Non-Profit: Do you have a favorite charity or do you know someone in your neighborhood that serves on a board of non-profit. Again office related, marketing related or events management positions are frequently available even at this late date.
Good luck seeking professional experience this summer!
There are still plenty of jobs that can be found by reading the paper. A few of them are in the jobs section fondly known as “The Want Ads” but most are found by reading the stories.
Look for stories on businesses expanding, new companies coming to town or even industry sectors on the move. In these articles there will be names of people, companies or even economic development leaders. You need to contact these people immediately.
The good job seekers will only make one attempt to contact them (send 1 resume or email). The great job seekers will make multiple attempts and will use multiple means (“snail” mail, email & phone). Guess who will get hired?
Be a GREAT job seeker!
Have you been into visit your college’s Career Services office yet or lately? If you have never been in for a visit now is the time to make an appointment. If you have visited in the past months or years but haven’t checked in lately, now is the time to get back for a visit. Career advisors can provide important and valuable assistance as you consider various options for your career.
Brian Keenan, Purple Briefcase, provides a motivational video discussing the down falls associated with focusing on negative news headlines and the economy.