1. Undo the Evidence of Your Summer Fun on Facebook!
Clean your profile of your summer flings. Before school gets back to full swing, you should take some time to review your timeline. Do the pictures paint the story you want to tell your future boss?
2. Ask Your Friends About Their Summer Jobs
Ever hear the expression, “most jobs come from your network”? Well your college friends are your network, and will become extremely valuable connections for you after you graduate. Find out where your friends worked over the summer.
3. Rent Your New Textbooks on Kindle
There is something nice about thumbing through a book. But there is also something nice about paying only $19 to rent a digital textbook instead of paying $100 for ten pounds of lower back pain to carry around all semester. With Kindle, you can take notes, highlight and even Tweet favorite passages. Consider renting your required reading instead of buying books.
4. Update Your Summer Job on LinkedIn
The longer you wait to include your summer work on your LinkedIn profile, the more you’re going to forget the details of what you did. Sure, it might not have been a dream job, but it still counts as work experience. Interviewers say that nothing shows work-ethic more than when a student spends their summer earning their own money rather than spending their parent’s money. So don’t undervalue what you’ve done this summer. Record your work experience in your LinkedIn profile.
5. Get Summer Job Recommendations Before Your Boss Forgets Who You Are
Not only will you forget the details of your job once school starts, but your boss will probably forget about how much they liked you. With online job seeking, one of the most powerful elements you bring to the table is what other people think about you. In years past, this used to be a very formal process. You’d have to request a letter of recommendation from your boss. Then they’d ask you to write it and they’d sign it. These days, all you need is a few short paragraphs on your LinkedIn profile. These notes from past managers will be assets that will serve you well once you start your career search.
6. Google yourself to See Your Online Reputation
Go ahead. We dare you. This generation has the unique advantage of being online from an early age. This means you’ve been building an online reputation whether you know it or not. Once your online reputation gets a blemish, it’s rather hard to fix. Use a tool called BrandYourself.com to grade your online reputation and get some free tips for improving it.