Have you planned for the Winter break? Traveling? Having a relaxing time with family? All sound good. But don’t forget the Winter break is also a great period to build up your personal brand. Here are some tips from INTLconnect.
1. Connect with UIUC international alumni in year-end alumni events. Visit the University of Illinois Alumni Association. You can see a variety of international clubs and contacts of each county and many year-end alumni events in different local areas. If you go travel somewhere in the U.S. or go back to your home countries, find out whether there are UIUC international alumni and events there. It’s worth spending your time to research and to meet local alumni.
2. If you do a short-term intern or volunteer, don’t miss a chance to develop quality networks with current employees there. They would refer you to a position in which you are applying in the future.
3. A perfect time to trim your LinkedIn page. Post your professional photo, and write a unique and concise summary such as your elevator pitch. Also, find and join a LinkedIn group related to your goal so that you can give and get professional advice. If you cannot find a group, create one.
4. There is no royal road to learning, in particular learning English. Only practice can make perfect. Use a variety of materials such as movies, social media, or books to improve your English proficiency based on your learning style. EFLSensei website is sharing good tips for you. If you actually don’t take actions for learning, a bunch of useful websites and on-offline materials would be meaningless.