Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas to do list

Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is fast approaching, whether you’re a student or graduate try to make the most of the holiday. It’s the perfect time to be productive, and plan what you’re going to do over Christmas and the New Year. Ensure you get work experience or a job in 2013 by creating a Christmas to do list.

Before you start your own to do list ensure you’ve thought about the following:-
  • What you want to achieve – perhaps it’s bettering yourself at interviews, gaining work experience or securing your first job. Write this down as your ultimate goal.
  • Think about how you’re going to achieve this – jot down some key words such as, setting aside time and being motivated. Focus on this criteria to inspire your to do list.

Now you can start your to do list. Below are just a few examples of what you might put down.
  • Email a contact you have in the industry, wish them a happy Christmas and enquire about work placements or ask for application advice.
  • Ask a family member or friend for advice.

Online Resources:
  • Use Twitter hash tags to find vacancies
  • Go on sites such as The Guardian Careers blog for careers advice.
  • Use search engines like Google to broaden your research
  • Look back on my blog at all the intern opportunities post, find email addresses and email the companies for work experience.
  • Order yourself some books – e.g. you may be interested in what body language to adopt at interviews.

CV & cover letter
  • Update your CV ready for 2013 and list any upcoming work placements you have scheduled.
  • Perfect your CV and cover letter templates, and then use them as a foundation to tailor your work applications.
  • Post your applications ready for potential employers to receive in the New Year.

Above are just a few examples of what you might put on your own Christmas to do list. Be as specific and varied as you like. The most important thing is to be proactive- get ready to take on 2013. Take the time to create your Christmas to do list and action it! Make your goal your New Year’s resolution.

Lastly, from me, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xxx

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