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 Use the holidays to get a jump on getting that job

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

Article originally posted Dec 19, 2011
MarketWatch: Outside the Box

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Anticipating graduating this spring and entering a very tough job market, college seniors are concerned about getting an internship or job, especially at this time of year. But the holiday season is not the best time for beating the pavement.

I have never known of a company to make many personnel decisions in late December, except for retail, of course. Books are closed, many people taking extended time off, people are burnt out and are more focused on office parties.

However, if you are headed into the college home stretch, you can spend productive time doing research, preparing your online presence and developing your hit list and search strategy.

Here are a few things you can do during the holidays to hit the ground running in 2012:

1. Google yourself and see what comes up. Develop a detailed LinkedIn page. Make your profile your resume. Secure three references. Focus on accomplishments and an articulate statement of your personal brand and brand value. A brand-value statement tells potential employers about you and why they should hire you. Describe what you are looking for in a career, and make sure this is reflected clearly in your LinkedIn profile. Review your Facebook account. Make sure it doesn’t have anything that you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see. Clean it up. Google yourself again. Does it show you off in a positive and professional way?

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