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Setting and Keeping Professional Resolutions

The New Year is full of resolutions to improve our lives, renewed gym memberships or a promise to write in a daily journal. However for many students making a professional resolution is a great way to begin the school semester, especially for those of us with looming graduation dates. But just like lifestyle resolutions, professional resolutions can be hard to keep up with when life gets crazy. Make a commitment to focus on all of your resolutions and in a few months time you can be amazed at how much you have accomplished.

Update your Resume:
I am putting this one first because I think it is the most important. Job opportunities can come up at any time; failing to have an up to date resume can automatically disqualify you from the job of your dreams. Additionally keeping your resume up to date can help you remember all of the great things you have done in college, including volunteer hours, professional organizations or even applicable class projects. If your resume is in desperate need of some remodeling, schedule an appointment with Career Services or with a SPH career advisor. Getting professional help with content and layout can take your resume to the next level. Devote a few hours one weekend a month to make sure you have the most accurate information on your resume. Regardless of how you do your resume, don’t let life get in the way before devoting time to this critical document!

Get excited about your career field:
It happens to the best of us: we get caught up in our day-to-day classes that we forget about changes happening in the professional world. Technology, information, processes, experiments, etc. are changing on a daily basis, and they will affect the future way in which we do our jobs. The best way to get to know your chosen professional field is to get excited about it and do your research! If you are studying dietetics, subscribe to a weekly email from a credited dietetics organization. If you are an outdoor rec major, spend your extra time volunteering at Brown County, Bradford Woods, or any of the other local state parks. Whatever you can do to increase your working knowledge and excitement towards your profession is worth the time investment.


**Follow the link to check out the full list of employers that will be attending Career Fair**

Clean up social media:
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram; all of these (unless set to private mode) can be seen by future employers. The thought of missing out on a dream job because of some questionable pictures or posts is a good motivator to go through all of those old Facebook pictures. You’ll feel better after doing it and won’t stress every time you hand someone your awesome resume (see above for awesome resume).

The above resolutions are ones that are specific to some of my professional goals; your goals should be specific to what you want to do! Don’t be afraid to try something new and put yourself out there. Stepping outside of our comfort zones are what set us apart in life, and in the conference room.


1378605_10202031369887419_1647978524_nClara Califf is a senior at Indiana University. She plans to graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Safety with a minor in Environmental Management. After graduation Clara hopes to fulfill her lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps.


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IUSPH Career Services

Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

•career counseling
•job placement
•volunteer opportunities
•resume and cover letter preparation
•interview skills
•graduate school preparation

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