The Young Professional Series: Making The Most of Winter Break

Bored of winter break yet?

Maybe not, but after a couple consecutive weeks of Netflix marathons, things may start to get dull.

The good news is, there are lots of things (besides watching Netflix) that can be crossed off the checklist over winter break. Yes, the time off is meant for downtime and relaxation, but, if you're like me, downtime gets really boring, really fast. However, making the most of winter break is more than overcoming boredom. It's overcoming the harsh reality of the current job climate for Millennials. An article from Forbes.com says:  "44% of college grads in their 20s are stuck in low-wage, dead-end jobs, the highest rate in decades, and the number of young people making less than $25,000 has also spiked to the highest level since the 1990s."

So, in an attempt to combat the boredom, and the cruel world of employment, I have compiled three to-do's that can help you get a head start on your career if you're soon-to-be-graduating from college.


Job Shadow

Time is not wasted on job shadowing in your field. You'll get inside knowledge, and make new connections in your field, that can really pay off. It could even be a resume booster, or an additional reference for you. Speaking of your resume...

Build Up Your Resume

Chances are, you have more free time (or at least more free time than normal) to sit down and focus on improving your resume. Maybe it could use some refreshing, a new format, some organization. Take your time to improve your resume, so that you feel confident when you are ready to look for jobs.

Resume Tips:  Include a URL to your online profile; be consistent in your verb tense throughout the resume; use only one phone number and one email; ditch the objective statement - instead, use an executive summary, which includes 3 - 5 sentences of what you're great at, most interested in, and how you can provide value; use keywords; and make it easy to understand.

Build An Online Portfolio

Establishing yourself online is a great way to showcase your work, in a clean and organized format. It also allows you to easily share all of the work you have accomplished.

Job Hunt

It's never too early to start the job hunt, and scope out the companies you may be interested in. Take some time to research potential employers, and find out what kind of experience is required for you to land a job post-college! 

Have a great winter break!

Take care,

Mallory