Just because it’s summertime doesn’t necessarily mean you can slack off — okay, well a little slacking off is totally acceptable, not to mention well deserved! However, even though you are out of school, there are still a few things that you should do throughout the warm summer months to stay up to date and get prepared for the school year!
Perfect your resume and portfolio. Now is the best time to work on your resume! Use this extra time to make your resume more creative. Maybe try re-creating your resume in InDesign or looking for ways to make it stand out. Make sure to add any recent experiences and delete anything that is just taking up space. Also, now is a great time to work on your portfolio. Gather writing samples, press releases, design work, etc. The earlier you begin, the more prepared you will be!
Clean up your online presence. Although this is something that you should be aware of throughout the entire year, it never hurts to go back through your Twitter or Facebook timeline and delete anything that you wouldn’t want a future employer seeing. Google yourself to see what comes up.
Do some research. Even if you have an internship for this summer, it is never too early to start making plans for next summer. Explore what other companies/fields you would be interested in working in and read up on their summer internship programs. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the company or organization directly to ask them any questions that you might have! This is a great networking opportunity and a chance for you to get your name out there before you apply for the internship/job! Also make sure that you are following a few PR blogs so that you are aware of what is happening in the ever-changing industry.
Connect! Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profiles as well. LinkedIn is the perfect place to write about other experiences and activities that you just don’t have enough space to include on your resumes. Make sure to not only connect with your fellow Bobcats, but with your co-workers at your internship and potential employers. Don’t forget to add a personalized note when you go to connect with someone!
Set your goals. Think about what you want to accomplish within the next year and write it down. Maybe you want to join a new organization or become more involved in one you where you are currently a member. Or maybe you want to start your own blog or land an internship at your dream PR agency. Whatever your goals may be and however big or small they may be, write them down and figure out ways you can accomplish them! Your goals will give you something to work towards and will help set the pace to make this upcoming school year a great year!
Regardless if you have an internship or not, applying these tips now will help you stay ahead of the game and will allow you to have another year as a successful PR star!
-Kathleen Marincic will be a junior studying strategic communications. Follow her at @kathmarincic.