Make the Most of Your Summer

Many of us view summer as a chance to take some time off from classes or work - some well deserved R&R.  Others may use summer as an opportunity to take summer classes or participate in a summer internship.  May and August graduates may be hitting the pavement, attempting to land their first full-time position.  Other recent graduates, might think that “no one is hiring right now” and have decided to take the summer off from their job search.  Well, according to an article “Tips for Summer Job Search Success” (http://insightnews.com/business/9055-10-tips-for-summer-job-search-success) many companies actually anticipate conducting summer hirings.  Ford R. Myers who is a career coach and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” says, “Summer is no time for job seekers to be trading in their business suits for swimsuits or their briefcases for beach bags. Summer is the perfect time for career advancement.”  

Myers provides tips that can be helpful not only for job seekers, but also for current college students. Below are some of the suggestions he provides, along with tips from a UW-Green Bay Career Services perspective:

  • Create and control your internet image. Take a look at your LinkedIn profile.  Is your content current?  Does it have a professional appearance?  Have you connected with professional groups or associations that might be beneficial for your desired career field?  Never underestimate the power of networking.
  • Invest in Career Coaching.  As a UW-Green Bay student or recent alumnus, you have access to “Career Coaches” through the professional staff in Career Services.  We can help you develop a job search plan based upon your goals and interests.  If you’ve been struggling during interviews, perhaps a practice interview would be beneficial for you.  You might be in the early stages of your search and need help getting started, or simply need confirmation that you’re on the right track.
  • Perform an internal career audit. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the day-to-day details of balancing work, classes and our personal lives. At times it can be helpful to take a step back and look at the big picture.  Where are you going?  What do you want to do?  What will help me get from “here” to “there?”  Career Services can help you assess if you are on the right path.
  • Update your career “tool kit.”  When was the last time you updated your resume? Have you recently connected with your references?  Now is the time to revisit your resume to make sure it is up-to-date.  Career Services can review your resume (as well as cover letters) to make certain you are putting your best foot forward for your job or internship search.
  • Gain experience.  Employers want candidates who have experience related to their field.  One way to do that is through volunteering, especially if internships aren’t available at this point in time.  Volunteer experiences can also be a building block to help you decide upon a career path.  Connect with your county’s Volunteer Center to see what opportunities might be available in your areas of interest. 

Remember, Career Services is here to assist you with your career planning and job search process.  We offer appointments throughout the summer; call our office to schedule an appointment to get a jump on your job search or to plan for the upcoming fall semester.  (920.465.2163)