Salve Success: Career development tips to prepare for a successful job hunt
The Office of Career Development is offering weekly career tips to encourage all students to stay on top of their career planning as the semester moves ahead with Virtual Salve. This week, we’ve got a couple more suggestions for things you may want to work on that will help you move forward in your professional preparation.
See our tips below, and as always please feel free to schedule an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake. We are happy to work with you remotely via phone or video.
Weekly Tips from Career Development
Tip #1: Write and practice your elevator pitch
An elevator pitch is roughly a one paragraph description of who you are — including your accomplishments, goals and values. Hypothetically, it should be just long enough to be recited during an elevator ride with a potential employer.
Being able to articulate your interests in your field will be helpful when interviewing for jobs, networking with employers, writing cover letters or even writing summary statements for your online networking accounts. You can also use this short paragraph to highlight your relevant skills, education and experiences.
As you prepare for your job search, you should revise and practice this statement often to be able to easily articulate your mission both verbally and in writing. Want someone to take a look? We’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake.
Tip#2: Update your LinkedIn and Portfolium
When you apply to jobs, employers that are interested in learning more about you will search online for your. Have you googled yourself lately? If you have a professional online presence, you’ve likely noticed that your LinkedIn or Portfolium profile is one of the top search results that comes up.
While you’re working remotely and preparing for graduation, now is a great time to revisit your LinkedIn and Portfolium profiles and get them ready for potential future employers to see. You can also include links to these profiles on your resume to encourage employers to take a look.
Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Guide and our Portfolium Guide with more tips and tricks to help you put your best foot forward online.
Want someone to take a look at your online profiles? We’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor through Handshake.
Each Thursday, SALVEtoday will provide tips for success as well as success stories of current students and alumni to encourage and uplift the University community during this time of remote living and learning. #salvesgotthis #salvesuccess