Thursday, May 29, 2014

5 Tips for Summer Job Search Success

The summer months can be a particularly challenging time to conduct a job search.  You may think it wise to trade in your business suit for a swimsuit, however we encourage you to maintain an energetic and focused job search during the heat of the summer.

Practically speaking, summer is the perfect time for career advancement.  There’s less competition, fewer gatekeepers and more relaxed business attitudes during the summer. Try these five tips to boost your professional development and make real progress in your career quest.

1.  Successfully Complete an Internship

Beyond the practical work experience, an internship lets you try out companies and career options and build a professional network.  Be strategic to turn your summer internship into a full-time job.

Check out:  Turn Your Internship Into a Full-Time Job

2. Perform an Internal Career Audit

Your present circumstances are based on past choices you have made.  Be intentional and take charge of your career trajectory by following these 8 principles that will lead to a candid and effective “Internal Audit” of your career situation. 

Consider:  Performing an Internal Career Audit

3.   Update Your On-Line Image

Managing your online image is becoming increasingly important.  Stay active, be strategic and make sure that you are managing your professional brand.

Increase your social media savvy:  9 Reasons Why You Must Update Your LinkedIn Profile Today
and  10 Tips To a More Professional LinkedIn Profile

4. Give Back to Your Community

Differentiate yourself by volunteering.  In addition to honing your skills and getting your foot in the door, companies are looking for well-rounded individuals who represent them well in the world.

Learn more:  Volunteering:  How Helping Out Helps You Stand Out in the Workplace

5.  Grow Your Network

We can’t succeed without the help of others. In fact, we need each other. And that’s all networking is: connecting with people whom you can help and who can help you.  If you build a reputation as the person who helps people, what do you think that will do for your brand and how people think of you?

Great Info:  4 Ways Graduates Can Build Lasting Connections That Catapult Success

Courtesy of the Anderson's Career Services Team.

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