Spring Break: a time to take a vacation, relax, enjoy the sunshine, and network! While that last option might sound out-of-place, Spring Break is the perfect time to work on your résumé, conduct informational interviews, shadow someone in your field of interest, or search for internships or jobs. Fortunately, we have some resources that can assist you with making the most of your time off during Spring Break.
1. Work on your résumé: Take some time to review our sample résumés online at www.auburn.edu/career/resume. On this page, you’ll also see that we have an online e-resume review system where you can upload your résumé and a career counselor will review it, record a screencast of suggested edits, and send it back to you within three business days. If you’re in town for Spring Break, stop by the Career Center in 303 Martin Hall to meet one-on-one with someone who can look over your résumé.
2. Conduct informational interviews: Either set up a meeting with a professional in your field of interest or check out Candid Career informational interview videos on our website at www.auburn.edu/career/students (#4 under “Explore Majors and Careers). Informational interviews are an excellent way to see if a certain career field is right for you. Through these interviews, you can see what the professionals like about their job, the challenges they have faced in their position, how they got to where they are today, the education requirements for the job, etc.
3. Shadow someone in your field of interest: Arrange a day or two for shadowing a professional in your area of interest. You can often learn the most about a specific job when you get to experience it firsthand. If you don’t know who to contact within your career field, do some networking on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), and reach out to individuals in your area of interest. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date before doing so.
4. Search for internships or jobs: Take advantage of having some downtime and search for internships or jobs. Check out Tiger Recruiting Link (www.jobs.auburn.edu) and use the advanced search feature to look for internships and jobs in your field. On TRL, you can find full-time jobs, part-time jobs, paid internships, unpaid internships, on-campus jobs, and graduate assistantships.
If you are in town for Spring Break, you can always stop by the Career Center during walk-in hours to get assistance with any of the above suggestions. Our walk-in hours are always listed on our website at www.auburn.edu/career. Have a great break!