We all have days when we wish we had a few extra daylight hours, but sometimes that’s just not possible. While we can’t add time to our days, you can take advantage of this summer's extra daylight! Whether you’re looking to accelerate your career and position yourself for the next step, or are searching for a new career path, we’ve put together some ideas of how job-seekers can make the best use of the extra daylight.
Research Professional Organizations in Your Area
If you haven’t joined a professional organization or gotten involved with your alumni association yet, now’s the time. According to a Buzz Marketing Group survey, 58 percent of millennials are already part of a professional organization, and 77 percent plan to join one. Millennials are seeing the value in professional organizations, and are proactively searching for ways to:
- Gain access to educational resources. You’ll have access to industry research, newsletters, seminars, courses, new networks, and more. Group members can attend events where thought-leaders share insight into the latest trends and news in your industry.
- Develop leadership skills. Being part of a professional organization can provide opportunities to speak at industry events, join the organization committee or lead an area you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to in your day-to-day responsibilities.
- Serve the community. Nearly 70 percent of millennials say that giving back and being civically engaged are among their highest priorities. Whether through volunteering or sharing best practice expertise, millennials are drawn to opportunities that allow them to give back.
Boost Your LinkedIn® Profile
Take advantage of the extra daylight and spend some time revamping your LinkedIn® profile. Consider that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn® as their primary search tool. According to Jobvite, it’s important to have a profile that you feel adequately represents you and your career goals. When updating your profile, here are some places to start:
- Use a professional photo
- Write a personal summary that includes things like your personal background, education, career milestones and previous positions, and any extra-curricular activities that help show your skills and history of performance
- Add volunteer experience
- Write recommendations for coworkers
- Join groups relevant to your industry
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, follow our guide for creating a professional LinkedIn® profile.
Write Thank You Notes
After your job interview, make time to write a personal thank you note to those who took the time to interview you. Craft original, genuine thank you notes that show your personality the moment you get back to a computer following the interview. You should reiterate why you’re excited about the position and the opportunity to contribute, and why you think you’d be a natural fit based on what you learned in the interview. You never know when this thoughtful gesture could set you apart from your competition and land you the job!
Find a Summer Online Class
Whether you’re switching career paths or looking to boost your skill set, there’s probably an online course out there for you. Is there a skill you want to learn but just haven’t found the time? There’s no time like the present! Some classes even offer the ability to gain a certification, which would be a great addition to your resume.
Refine Your Resume
Spend a few minutes dusting off your resume if you haven’t done so already. Even if your resume is up- to-date, there are probably still things you can do to make your resume stick out to recruiters.
- Create a skimmable resume. Today, we all skim more than we read, including recruiters. Write short paragraphs, use bulleted lists and headings and allow white space between resume sections.
- Instead of just listing your previous positions and responsibilities, add the projects you’ve worked on. Did you improve a process? Did one of your projects achieve amazing results? Did you add to the company’s bottom line? This information will make your resume well-rounded and help you stand out from competitors with similar qualifications.
- Customize your resume for the job you’re applying for. When adding content, ask yourself, “How does this relate to the job description?”
- Make your contact information stand out so that busy recruiters know exactly how to reach you. Include links to your social media accounts and website if you have one.
Sign Up for Industry/Career Newsletters
In most industries, it’s critical to stay-up-to-date on the latest trends. Industries are constantly changing, and if you don’t keep up with the news, you may miss key career advancement opportunities. By signing up for newsletters related to your career, you’ll gain access to endless knowledge from industry leaders. Many also share information about best practices, upcoming events, ongoing learning opportunities, and more.
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