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Career Tips Over Winter Break

Best of luck finishing up the semester & with your finals! Enjoy your long break!

You may find yourself being asked ‘what are you going to do next summer?’ ‘What are you going to do when you graduate?’ ‘What are you going to major in’ as you see friends and family over the break. And, you may not be sure HOW to answer those questions. Since the semester keeps you busy, break can be a GREAT time to work on your career goals!

 

Here are some ideas to get you started over break:

 

  1. Explore your area of interest!
    • Talk with friends and family to see if they know about any organizations or opportunities that match your interests, experience, and skills (for jobs, internships, volunteer experience)
    • Meet with a career counselor.  We are here during break too! (see below for instructions)

 

  1. Write and/or update your resume.  This way, it will be ready to send out and ready to give to potential employers.
  • Sign up on CSO, if you are not already on there.  We have tons of internships and job postings.
  • To assist with your resume, you may want to attend events in January:

1.    Resume writing workshop on Jan 18, 6:00 PM, E303 in library

2.    Resume critiques with employers on January 23, 2-4 PM in UMC 235

3.    Recruiters Tell All where a panel of recruiters discuss the entire job search process on Jan 24, 4:00-5:30 PM, C4C S350

 

  1. Get prepared for the career fair on Wednesday, Jan 25! (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, UMC)
  • Review this tips sheet on career fairs.
  • Research the companies of interest on CSO so you are prepared.
  • As A&S science majors, you have a lot to offer employers, including the top five skills employers seek in job candidates.  Be sure to discuss your experience and skills, and how those may fit with the company.

 

  1. Find other ways to find a job, besides websites and CSO.
  • Again, feel free to make an appointment to discuss job searching strategies in more depth.
  • Set up a LinkedIn account!  In fact, start thinking about your social media and online presence in general.  We have events this spring, such as Linkin It Up, that provide information on various social media and portfolio tools.
  • Learn about careers where you are helping people or going international on our website.

 

We are in the office over break so schedule an appointment or come in, if you need assistance.  We are NOT in the office Dec 23, Dec 26 and Jan 2.  You can schedule an appointment online or by calling 303-492-6541.  Any counselor can assist you.

 

Have a fantastic holiday!!!

 

Jodi Schneiderman

Career Counselor

303-492-4109

University of Colorado at Boulder

Center for Community, N352

2249 Willard Loop Drive

UCB 133

Boulder, CO 80309-0133

http://careerservices.colorado.edu

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