Five Job-Hunting Holiday Presents to Give Yourself
By Geoffrey Roth
For soon-to-be-graduating college students, winter break is here. While your thoughts may be on heading home for the holidays, you should also realize that you are only 5 months away from wanting to have that first job lined up. Here are five job-hunting gifts you'll want to give yourself this month to help you be employed soon after commencement.
1) A great internship for the spring.
Nothing helps you out more than having real world experience and work examples to show a prospective employer. If you haven't lined up an internship yet, hit your school's career center and start combing job websites for available internships. And, internships in the spring of your senior year can sometimes lead to job offers from the company where you are interning.
2) A connection inside the industry you want to work in.
Talk to your parents, you parents' friends, your professors, and your friends. Find people inside the industry where you are looking for work and make connections. Talk to them, ask them for advice, ask them to review your résumé, ask them if they know of any entry-level jobs. That old adage that it is who you know as much as what you know that counts in getting a job is very often true.
3) A good business outfit.
Throw out the old idea that clothes are a lousy holiday present. A snappy suit or business jacket in the closet is a necessary item before you head out for job interviews. (Maybe the parents or grandma will chip in for this one).
4) A subscription to a job listing site.
Depending on your industry, this may be a freebie or cost you 30 or 40 bucks. But, finding an industry specific job site, like TVJobs.com for the broadcasting industry, can help in the job search.
5) A "do it now" attitude.
One of the best things you can do is get ahead of the pack. Most people are procrastinators and will put off a serious job hunt until right before graduation. If you start now you may even find yourself getting a job offer for the spring well ahead of graduation.
Geoff Roth is a former TV news manager now teaching journalism at Hofstra University. He has hired hundreds of people and counseled both professionals and students as they hunt for jobs. Geoff is chronicling life after TV News at www.nomoredeadlines.com.