Start your job search before graduation
Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
November marks the beginning of the holiday season and holidays mean a lot of time at home.
For most of us, this translates into a decent dinner with extended family and relatives who ask annoying questions about life in Gainesville.
It's meant to be a time to relax and take a break from the chaos of the fall semester. But somehow, your family can bombard you with too many questions.
You're sure to have that weird uncle ask if you've already decided on a major or your cousin brag about how fast he graduated and when your date will come. Your parents will surely ask when you're getting a job or when you'll start applying for grad school.
It can be tough, but here are some tips to survive this holiday season and make it a productive one, where we can attempt to go back home without necessarily dreading to sleep under our parents' roofs:
Gator CareerLink, sponsored by the Career Resource Center, offers University of Florida students and alumni a list of more than 3,000 employers and the opportunity to post resumes online. Through this service you can network to find the right job location, employer and ultimately that first infamous job out of college.
We all want the latest iPod or digital camera, and I wouldn't mind those leather boots I spotted in Vogue. But chances are, I won't own those for a very long time and realistically Santa should help me with an interviewing wardrobe.
Ask for interviewing essentials: suits, nice shoes and maybe even a leather portfolio. I know we all hate to admit it, but these should somehow squeeze into our seasonal must-haves.
Also, think ahead to future semesters. The CRC offers SLS 2301 for freshmen and sophomores to help them explore and choose the right career and SLS 2302 for juniors and seniors to help develop an individual job-search plan.
Melanie Garcia is a University of Florida senior majoring in public relations and Spanish.
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