Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Outdistance Yourself During Spring Break

Achieving your goals often requires you to delay pleasure. It's difficult, but worth doing.

Now is the perfect time to attack some of the simple mechanics of a job search. You have a week free of lectures, student organization meetings and school requirements. Why not take the opportunity to break apart from the pack?

Here are five things to do instead of wasting away your break:

  1. Update your resume and develop the working structure of a cover letter.
  2. Reach out to local industry experts and set the stage for a low-risk experiment.
  3. Develop a professional online presence (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.).
  4. Conduct a few informational and interviews and refine your sweet spot.
  5. Send a Thank You note to everyone who has helped you get to where you are today.

There you go! Five simple steps that could have huge payoffs at a later date. They wont occupy your entire break and you'll be that much closer to your desired results.

Enjoy your break!


  1. Thank you. A very relevant post, and we at Stratton Taylor Library are more than willing to recommend resources that may be helpful in a job search. I have a personal fondness for author Tony Beshara, whom we have available in a couple of different formats, including e-book online. He also has an online site at Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can be helpful. Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful Spring Break, and good luck to all in a current or upcoming job search!

    George Gottschalk
    Stratton Taylor Library

  2. George, Thank you for the support. Looking forward to working with you!