Contrary to popular belief, winter break isn’t always about Netflix marathons on the couch and sleeping in until noon. With classes not in session, it’s actually the perfect time to focus on building your career. Check out our top suggestions.
1. Tweak your resume.
Still haven’t gotten around to adding that summer internship to your resume? With so much extra downtime during break, you might as well fine tune your resume. You can also try out new layouts while you’re at it.
Getting lost in a good read might be your favorite way to relax during your downtime, but it’s actually pretty productive as well! You can’t go wrong diving into an inspirational book filled with career advice. But no matter what you read, you can rest assured that you’re at least learning and improving your language.
3. Build new relationships.
Networking never goes out of style. Use your free time to research people in your industry on LinkedIn, or find out if any friends or family have some helpful relationships with people in your aspired field.
4. Research your industry.
The more you know about your industry, the better you’ll perform in interviews and on the job. Make it a point to keep up with industry news by following companies on social media, subscribing to newsletters, or joining professional groups on LinkedIn.
5. Sign up for webinars.
Webinars, or web-based seminars, are basically online workshops or presentations that are great for learning new industry practices and skills remotely. The best part? They’re available for almost any field of interest. Get started with a quick Google search!
6. Create a portfolio.
Portfolios are a great way to actually showcase the professional work you’ve done, rather than just listing it in a resume. Winter break is a great time to gather copies of work you’ve done for any projects, jobs, or internships.
Not only is freelancing great for your resume, but it can also open doors for future career opportunities and professional relationships. Interested? Upwork is a great site to start looking for opportunities.
8. Practice interview questions.
While you can’t know for sure what you’ll be asked during a job interview, you can have some answers prepared just in case. Research common interview questions for your aspired career online, or try out this app that will prep you for every stage of your interview.
How are you staying productive over break? Let us know in the comments below.