5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Career Search Success – Dan Spiess, Feld IRM

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions that will help with your career search and set you up for success.

 

  1. I will keep my resume/Handshake up to date: Even if you never lift a finger to job hunt, keep your resume and Handshake profile up to date. Employers have access to your resumes in Handshake (make sure that you have checked “public” in your profile) and the Feld Center sends resume books to employers who request them. If you do go to events, meet people through networking, or find out about a job opportunity, you want to be ready to respond as soon as possible with your most current information.
  2. I will meet one new connection each week: Network, network, network. You hear it all the time from us here at the Feld and from everyone at Questrom (and those outside of Questrom) because this is how most people in 2020 find out about positions and get their resumes seen by recruiters. It doesn’t have to be a painful “networking event” where you walk into a room full of strangers. One-on-one informational interviews over coffee are amazingly effective at building your network, for your next job, and for your career – you are building long-term relationships.
  3. I will attend all employer events on-campus: Although you may have heard us say “employers hire FROM Questrom, not just AT Questrom, we do have a number of employers who come to campus to meet with students in-person. These recruiters and alumni are eager to speak with you and to share their company insight and their career journey. Keep an eye on the Feld Weekly and our social media for all these events that are just steps away.
  4. I will get involved in a Questrom/BU club: Employers look for a wide variety of experiences when considering a candidate and extracurricular involvement counts! Involvement with club activities and, even better, holding leadership positions give you added experience as well as valuable connections and interactions with employers. Questrom alone has almost 30 undergraduate and graduate student clubs so there’s no excuse not to get involved: check out Undergraduate Clubs and Graduate Clubs.
  5. I will gain one new skill each semester: As you go through your career exploration, you will likely find companies and positions that require or at least prefer additional skill sets. While you can acquire many of these here at Questrom, consider other resources (outside courses, online sessions, etc.) to get another skill under your belt that will make you stand out from other applicants.