By Catie Ruschak

Winter break is the perfect time to relax, catch up with old friends, and do those fun wintertime activities we all know and love, like sledding and snowball fights. But just because school is out for a month doesn’t mean prepping for our future has to stop too. Here are some ways you can take advantage of winter break to boost your résumé and become more professional.

Volunteer – A little philanthropy work never hurt anybody, and nothing says “holiday cheer” like volunteering. There are so many options out there- soup kitchens, toy drives, after-school programs (only college students get a full month off!), etc. Any type of volunteering looks good on a résumé, especially if you can find a program that can use you for the entirety of winter break.

Job Shadow – Why not tour the professional world? Some people have winter internships, but for those who don’t, try to set up a few agency appointments. Some offer shadow days and programs, and others might be willing to let you come in on your own time.

Work on Cover Letters – Many companies begin accepting applications for summer internships in January, so once finals are over begin doing the research and writing cover letters to those agencies you are most interested in.

Post-Christmas Clothing Sales – If you are starting to look at internships or post-grad careers, now if the perfect time to add some more professional attire to your wardrobe. Plenty of department stores and specialty stores will be having sales, and with no school on your plate finding the time to browse around shouldn’t be all too difficult. Everyone will need a good suit and some business casual clothes, especially with some big events coming up like the MOSAIC Career Fair in March!

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