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Asked by David on November 16, 2017

I'll be heading home for winter break soon; how should I take advantage of this time and work on networking while I'm home?

Answered by Jenna, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on November 21, 2017

Winter Breaks are a fantastic time to do groundwork for future employment opportunities, especially if you are looking to return to your hometown when searching for those roles.
A good place to start is by talking to your family, friends, and parents of those individuals who are working at an organization you would like to learn more about. Hopefully those individuals will be able to help you find a job-shadow opportunity or tell you about a co-op/internship program within the company.
At the very least, it's a fantastic time to start looking at upcoming opportunities that are posted online and start applying!

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Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on November 22, 2017

Winter break is a great time to focus on networking while school is on a pause for the holidays. The first thing I would recommend is taking time to update your LinkedIn and resume. Constantly looking at these documents ensures that you do not miss any achievements and give those you are networking with the most up-to-date information. LinkedIn can give you that networking capability to network across the country from your own home. Another option that you could explore is local networking events. Some cities will have networking events specifically aimed at helping people get jobs in their area. A good place to start would be with the community group in your area to see if this is an event like this happening near you. Lastly, I would suggest reaching out to professionals you know in your area of interest (even if it's a family friend) and asking if you can shadow them at work. This gives you both the opportunity to network but also add to your resume. Hope this helps and have a great holiday break!

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on December 5, 2017

Take a breather, relax, let yourself have a real break.  When you feel good and like you are ready to pound the proverbial pavement, talk to the people you encounter about what you'd like to be doing.  Use this time to research job descriptions of the positions you are interested in, see what the requirements are and how different companies lay out their internship programs and entry level positions.  Utilize LinkedIn to check out the work and education history of people you admire.  Not only that, check out what they say about themselves and rework your own profile bio with those things in mind.  A time when you don't feel rushed and like you have too many pressing priorities can be a great time to make lists of pros/cons on your chosen areas of employment.  Set real goals for yourself into the new year and map out a plan to achieve them.

Good luck!

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