9 job search items to complete over winter break

Career Services hopes you have a restful break and looks forward to working with you regarding your job search in 2015. If you’re graduating in the spring, here are nine items to work on over winter break that could help you land a job after graduation. And if you aren’t graduating? It’s never too early to start developing a job search plan.

1. Work on your resume. If you have one it’s time to update it. If you don’t, it’s time to create one. Utilize the CPCC Career Services Career Guide that contains helpful tips for creating a top-notch resume. Get your resume professionally critiqued by a career counselor when you return in January.

2. Start building your professional wardrobe, beginning with an interview suit. Put those gift cards you receive to good use. Take advantage of post-holiday sales. Check out the Career Services Pinterest page for great tips regarding professional dress.

3. Know some job options that can answer the question “what do you want to do?” If you’re unsure of what career options to pursue, it’s time to start exploring. Some great sites that can help you include Career Coach, the Occupational Outlook HandbookCFNC and What Can I Do With This Major.

4. Let people know what profession you’re planning to pursue. Holiday gatherings present great opportunities for networking. Being in the right place at the right time is a big job searching component. Practice an introductory speech that lets people know what you’re interested in.

5. Make sure your online presence is squeaky clean. Take the time to clean up your social media profiles. Employers check candidates’ sites before and during the interview process.

6. Register for EmploymeNC. EmploymeNC is Career Service’s online job board that lists full-time and part-time job opportunities for students and alumni. The first step in using the site is to upload a professional resume. Take advantage of this free online job board.

7. Save the date for the 2015 CPCC Career Fair. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 5, 2015. CPCC hosts its annual job fair that day at the Grady Cole Center near Central campus. Many companies attend recruiting students and graduates for full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. Check the career fair link for future updates.

8. Develop strategies for your job search if it is a unique one. If elements to your background make your job search unique (having a disability, being an international student, having a criminal record, for example), start putting together a plan to implement your job search with these components in mind.

9. Plan to visit CPCC Career Services – virtually or in person – in 2015. The Career Services staff is ready to help make your job search a success.