Hey Lancers!We here in the ACAC hope your final exams are going well and that you finish the semester strong. In between celebrating the end of the semester, holiday parties, trips to the ski slopes, etc., we hope you will check out some of these tips for your using your winter break well.
- Take time to do some self-assessment to get to know your skills, values and interests. This will help you decide on a career that is right for you and prepare you for interviews.
- Volunteer – this can be a great way to explore a career area/industry you are interested in pursuing.
- Job shadow/conduct informational interviews as they are a great way to gain valuable insight on a career field you want to know more about.
- Take some time to update your resume. Think about any conferences you attended, things you are involved in, jobs you worked, volunteer hours completed, etc. and add those to your resume.
- Write some draft cover letters. As you are searching jobs you are interested in, see what skills the employer is looking for then begin drafting cover letters targeted to that job.
- Clean up social media. You want to make sure your online presence is professional. Go through any photos, blog posts, tweets, etc. and take down anything that could jeopardize your image.
- Create a job/internship search plan. Figure out sites/resources you want to use for your search and schedule time weekly to conduct your searches and follow up on any leads. Treat your job/internship like a class where you have set hours each week that you devote to writing cover letters/resumes, submitting applications, searching for new opportunities and following-up on applications/interviews.
- Continue checking CareerConnect as we will keep adding positions even over break.
- Take time to relax and re-energize so you come back ready and re-charged for the spring semester.
Have a wonderful winter break and holiday season Lancers! We look forward to seeing you in 2014!
Happy last week of classes! Here are some tips as you wrap up your fall semester and prepare for finals:
- Clean your desk off and get organized~ Make sure you have a good workspace to use so you won’t be distracted by too many things laying around. Also pull all of your notes together and start to make outlines or flashcards to review what you have learned in each course this semester.
- Make a list ~ Start to map out when you can get certain things done. Prioritize.
- Actually go to the library ~ Check out fort finals and those great quiet study rooms!
- Ask for help ~ If you’re extremely overwhelmed in more than one class, then go right ahead an seek assistance. It could be in the form of a classmate or professor. Don’t ever be ashamed of asking for help — sometimes it’s necessary.
- Plan something with your friends ~ Get everyone together for something before finals week. A great way to reward yourself for studying is to treat yourself to a break when needed.
The ACAC wishes you good luck on finals!
Happy Thanksgiving Lancers!
The ACAC wishes you a wonderful holiday! Here are some tips for using your break well:
- Begin preparing for final exams: review any reading, make outlines, flashcards, etc.
- Update your resume with what you have done this fall semester
- Make business cards and give out at any holiday gatherings
- Make a list then research those companies where you have an interest in working/interning
- Create or update your LinkedIn profile
- Review the ACAC’s Dining Etiquette packet before going to any formal meals: http://www.longwood.edu/assets/career/DiningEtiquetteHandout.pdf
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Are you on LinkedIn, but not sure how to best utilize it? We all know the power of networking and how important it is to “know someone” or “know someone who knows someone” and LinkedIn can give you those connections. When setting up your profile, here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Be sure to include your title in your profile headline such as Junior, Longwood University or recent graduate of Longwood University seeking Marketing position.
- Make sure your picture is professional. A great idea is to have a friend take a head shot of you when you are dressed for an interview or job fair.
- Be detailed in your Education section – just like on your resume, you want to include the name of your institution, degree you are receiving (BA, BS, BSBA, etc.), graduation date, major, minor, concentrations.
- Highlight your skills and qualifications in your professional summary just like you would in a cover letter. Talk about your goals and what experience you bring by giving examples from your internship, past jobs, courses you have taken, things you are involved in, etc.
- Join groups! All Longwood seniors should definitely join the Longwood University Alumni group.
If you are looking for advice on your LinkedIn profile or want to learn more about this great tool, visit the Academic & Career Advising Center in Lancaster G08. Call 434-395-2063 to set up an appointment today!
Java & Jobs is tonight from 5:30-7 pm in Java City (Library) and Barnes & Noble. Stop by at either location to ask your questions about resumes, job searching, networking, career fairs, etc. In addition to great advice, you will get a coupon for a free coffee!
Attending Java & Jobs is a great way to prepare for our upcoming fairs:
- Healthcare & Sciences Fair, Thursday, 11/14 from 12:30-4 pm in the Student Union
- Graduate School Fair, Thursday, 11/14 from 12:30-4 pm in the Student Union
Looking forward to seeing you at these great events!
Career Fair Training Camp is BACK! If you are trying to prepare for the Nov. 14 Job & Graduate School Fair, then let the ACAC help! Come to Lancaster G08 this Thursday between 3:30-5 pm to get your resume reviewed, learn about professional dress, practice your elevator speech and develop business cards. Plus you get FREE stuff! Looking forward to seeing you at Career Fair Training Camp!
Join us for The Dream Share Project:
Thursday, October 31st at 4:00 PM in the Lankford Ballroom
The Dream Share Project is an inspirational documentary film that follows Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, two recent college graduates, on a road trip across America, as they explore how successful people have chased their dreams. Come learn about topics like: discovering one’s passion, committing to a dream, dealing with setbacks, and redefining success. The Dream Share Project features eye-opening advice and anecdotal wisdom from an Olympic skier, one of the original Latin Kings of Comedy, a slam poet, a Project Runway fashion designer, the CEO of a sustainable flip-flop company, and many more.
Watch the trailer for the film: http://vimeo.com/23911692
Come dressed as anything you dream to be for a chance to win fun prizes. Hope to see you there!