Want to prepare yourself for a challenging and rewarding career in 2016? These five resolutions will prime Mihaylo students for success in the contemporary business world.
According to Forbes, 40% to 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, yet only 8% achieve their goals. For business students who want to position themselves on the pathway to success in 2016, following are five resolutions for career and academic success.
- Make Your Web Presence Professional
Social media is the primary communications medium for many of today’s college students. According to AdWeek, 71% of millennials check social media at least once per day. Entrants into the business world need to ensure that their digital footprint is professional, because 51% of employers check the social media of job applicants, according to CareerBuilder in 2014. That means ensuring that your public Facebook photos don’t show you passed out after a night of wild partying.
- Leverage Career-Oriented Sites Like LinkedIn or About.me
LinkedIn may not be as spirited as Facebook or Instagram, but it is vital for career networking. The site had nearly 400 million users as of mid-2015 and is widely used by employers and potential investors and partners. Another great tool is About.me, which can act as a platform to show work samples, résumé information and visuals.
- Develop Your Personal Portfolio
Consider creating both a digital and print portfolio of your work from class assignments, internships, volunteerism and jobs. Including group assignments and projects shows that you are a team player, but note what parts of the finished project you completed. Also, make sure you have your employer’s permission before including any work samples. An organized and diverse portfolio can land you a job when interviewing and assist you in getting into graduate or doctoral programs or securing support for a business startup plan.