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10 things every alum should know

Oct 1, 2015

By Chris Calderon Whether you’re happy with your current job or seeking a new one, there’s always something you could be doing to polish your professional profile. With such a young alumni base, Flagler College Magazine decided to ask the college’s Career Services Office for their best career advice for Saints navigating the real world. For more information, contact careerservices@flagler.edu or call (904) 819-6286. Phone or office appointments available.

Career-related steps for alumni to start taking

1. Have active professional social media pages

Having active professional social media pages are just like having a virtual business card. Job recruiters are able to see all of your past job and internship experiences and skillsets with just a few clicks. Social media pages also give the recruiter the sense that you have an online presence.

2. Gain experience in desired field of work

Today’s job market is very competitive, and it’s important to get as much experience as you can. Even if you’re not planning on working a steady full-time job just yet, it’s important to get your feet wet in your dream-job field.

3. Evaluate and allocate personal finances

It’s important to start evaluating your finances early. See how much money you have to save in order to live a comfortable life when you retire. Creating a monthly budget is essential.

4. Network with other Flagler alumni

After you graduate, it’s important to stay connected with alumni. You’ll never know who will be the next CEO of Disney and help you land a new job.

5. Develop, practice your elevator speech

An elevator speech is a brief message about who you are, what your skills are and how you can benefit a company. These speeches are usually around 30 seconds long — the time it takes you to ride the elevator from the top of the building to the bottom. It’s important to frequently rehearse it because you never know whom you might run into.

6. Update resume frequently

Make sure to update your resume often, whether it’s with new skills, job or internship experience or new references. 

7. Connect with community

Connecting with the community — via volunteering or community events — is a great way to network with local citizens. Again, you never know whom you are going to meet.

8. Determine a healthy work/life balance

It’s important to make time for yourself, whether it’s for vacationing or just relaxing at home. If you determine your work/life balance, you’ll always be on your “A game” and ready for the crazy adventures life may bring.

9. Connect with people that may be crucial to your future

It’s important to keep relationships with people that are important to you or your future. You never know when you might need the support of family, friends or mentors, or a recommendation letter from an old professor or boss.

10. Expand skillset for today’s competitive job market

IIn today’s competitive job market, you may not get a position in your desired field of work, so it’s important to have a back-up plan. Consider earning a license or credential in another field.

Visit www.flagler.edu/careerservices

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