Maximize Your Experience Abroad

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This resource was co-authored by Wellesley Career Education and the Wellesley Office of International Study.

Learn how to maximize your study abroad experience by connecting to the Wellesley network, exploring beyond the classroom, and reflecting on your experience.

Leverage Your Experience Abroad

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Co-authored by Wellesley Career Education and the Wellesley Office of International Study.

    This resource provides tips to help you leverage your study abroad experience upon your return.

    Resume Guidelines and Samples

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    Your resume is generally a one-page document that clearly presents your current and past experiences and accomplishments so that your reader can understand the unique value that you bring to the table. As you begin to draft your resume, this resource will provide guidelines to consider.

    Artful Communication for Networking

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    Whenever we interact with others, we are practicing the art of communication. It is something that is best learned by trying and failing, practicing, and observing others who are skilled. When you are exploring careers and trying to find a job, you will be meeting people and building relationships. Improving your communication skills as you try to meet people who share your professional interests should be an ongoing lifelong goal.

    LinkedIn

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    Think of your LinkedIn profile as a virtual “resume” that includes information about your education, experiences, skills, and much more. Keep in mind that your LinkedIn profile, similar to your resume, is an opportunity to brand yourself. So before you begin building your profile, you should think about how you want to communicate your brand. Ask yourself: What sets you apart from your peers? What unique contribution do you bring to the table?

    Cover Letter Guidelines and Samples

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    • The purpose of the cover letter is to demonstrate to the employer that you are a good fit for their organization and the role for which you’re applying. Think about your cover letter as a way to “connect the dots” between your resume (your past) and the job description (the future).
    • Share the reasons for your interest, enthusiasm, and qualifications for the job, beyond what is communicated in your resume.
    • Help the employer understand your motivation and provide an introduction to your personality and values.

    Introduction to Networking

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    For some, the idea of networking is exciting. For others, the mere mention of the word can be anxiety provoking. In either case, it is important to know:

    • Why networking is important to your lifelong career success
    • What networking actually is, and what it is not
    • Where you can effectively network
    • Skills and strategies for networking