Thursday, September 27, 2012

4 Years of Stuff: What to Keep...What to Toss

Hey Guys!
So lets start from square one...I'm sure you all have a ton of stuff you didn't realize you had that accumulated over 4 years.  While the majority of it you will never look at again, there are a few things you will want to put in a folder and keep close by to reference while you begin the career search. 
  1. Backup all files on your computer.
  2. Print out copies of your best writing samples and any other projects in your field of study, a list of contact information of students, professors and other professionals you have met throughout your college career, your resume and sample cover letters.
  3. Make multiple copies of any videos you have produced, directed, edited or were featured in.
  4. A list of all of the clubs, teams, community service, fundraisers and non profit events you participated in and your role.
  5. A list of references who know you very well in addition to your skill set and future goals...(Professors, Advisors, Employers & Mentors)
This simple list will certainly come in handy when you are trying to fill out job applications or when you are preparing for an interview.  Organizing these few items into a binder or folder will make life so much easier and less stressful.  Last minute deadlines and unexpected meetings or interviews usually come up when you least expect it and can certainly be overwhelming when you have to start digging through boxes for references or writing samples.  The overall advantage in following these 5 steps is to avoid stress, be organized & increase your chance of getting that job!