The summer is the perfect time to relax and take a few deep breaths, but it is also the perfect time to take some serious steps towards your future. With the help of professors from the University of Iowa, I have put together this list of summer “Career Must Do’s” that will put you at the front of the pack.
1. Make Business Cards
It may sound silly, but do it. Having a business card on you at all times with your name, a way to contact you, and the college you are attending is a great way to seal a connection. Whoever you give this card to will be impressed with how prepared you are and start considering how they can utilize a person with these skills. Visit vistaprint.com to make your cards for free, just pay shipping!
2. Create A Timeline
Having goals is a start, but just having the idea is not enough. Sit down with a calendar and a list of goals you want to achieve and give yourself a deadline. Deadlines can be daunting, so give yourself a few rewards along the way for completing the steps, like a weekend road trip or a manicure. When you are done, tell people! If you can show future employers that you made a plan and successfully followed through, that is an asset that will make you stand out.
3. Learn A New Skill
Show that you are well rounded! Learn how to play a new sport or speak a new language. Future employers want to know that you can work hard and still have a good time. A new skill, such as a new language, can even help you in getting a job!
4. Work On Your Confidence
This may be the most important thing you do this summer. Start creating a sense of confidence within yourself. If you do not believe you can do it, they are not going to believe it either. Just make sure you draw the line between confident and cocky. Confident sends a good message. Cocky sends you out the door.
These are tried and true tips that are guaranteed to get you noticed and put you at the front of the pack. A big thanks to the professors at the University of Iowa who shared their advice!
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