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Easy Holiday Networking Tips and Advice

Just because school isn’t in session doesn’t mean your professional development has to come to a halt too!  While the holiday season is busy, it gives you an opportunity to develop a “roadmap” for your professional goals for the upcoming semester.  Whether you are searching for a career, internship, or simply want to expand your professional network there are many easy things you can do over your Winter Break to get moving in the right direction.

1.  Sign up with online networking sites

By creating a profile on sites like teamworkonline.com and linkedin.com you instantly are given the opportunity to virtually connect with alumni and professionals who work in your desired field.  Hpercareers.com also allows you to upload your resume/cover letter/references and search for available jobs and internships.   The holiday break gives you the perfect time to set up your account on various networking sites, connect with professionals, and begin searching for jobs and internships that interest you.

2.  Touch up your resume and cover letter

Winter Break gives you the ideal opportunity to sit down and take the time to tailor your resume and cover letter exactly how you want it.  By using Optimal Resume you are given access to numerous examples of resumes, cover letters, and other useful resources to aid in your professional development.  Make sure to set aside time during break to explore this site!

3.  Reconnect with professional contacts

The holiday season is a great time to reconnect with professional contacts that you have made.  Whether it be simply sending a quick email wishing them and their family a safe and happy holidays or setting up a lunch or phone meeting, remaining visible and showing that you are genuinely interested in them and are serious about your career development is crucial and can pay dividends down the road.

4.  Map out a plan

Setting a plan for the upcoming Spring semester helps make achieving goals manageable and realistic.  After you have developed both a short and long-term plan make sure to stop by the Career Services office to learn more about career opportunities.

Your professional development is a 365 days a year process.  While many make the mistake of putting it on the back-burner when school isn’t in session, it in fact is the time where you have the opportunity to focus attention on ways to grow and expand your network and opportunities.

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