Career Checklist: Have you done these things?

Before you leave for a well-deserved Winter Break, make sure that you’ve set yourself up for successful future recruitment seasons and maximize your chances of getting an internship or job! You don’t have to do everything on this list unless you’re an overachiever, but many of these final checks can help make sure that you’re at a good place, career-wise. Feel free to print this blog and check these off physically, if that’s something that helps you.



  • Updated Resume
  • Updated Handshake Profile And Checked For Employer Messages
  • Updated LinkedIn Profile
  • Looked At Openings Within Desired Companies
  • Noted Future Application Deadlines
  • Attended Or Registered For Employer Recruitment Events
  • Reached Out To Mentors Or Professors For Letter Of Recommendations
  • Updated List Of Possible References
  • Applied To A Number Of Internship or Job Positions
  • Scheduled Interviews Or Carved Out Time For Interviewing
  • Made New Connections On LinkedIn
  • Networked At Least Once
  • Followed Up With Anybody You Interviewed With Or Talked To
  • Achieved At Least One Career Goal
  • Utilized A CareerEdge Resource
  • Kept Up With CareerEdge
  • Created A Career Plan For Winter Break And Spring Semester
  • Took Or Registered For A CDI Course
  • Consistently Checked For Job Or Internship Openings
  • (Virtually) Made An Appointment With Dedicated Career Development Center Staff


To see a grade-specific breakdown of career advice AND action items for both students and parents, click here. This resource is incredibly helpful and a really good place to start if you’re going to be spending Winter Break with family or are feeling overwhelmed by the job search. Chances are, you’ve done at least one of the things on the lists and will be motivated to check off more boxes. Best of luck!

By Alina Minkova
Alina Minkova Creative Blog Curator