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If you’re not a fan of New Year’s resolution lists, try making a to-do list of short-term goals that will make an immediate impact on your career development. Not sure where to begin? This itemized list of upcoming events and suggestions should give you a good starting point.

Get your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile in working order. It’s time to dust off any application materials and get them ready for the New Year. Visit UCS walk-in hours to have your materials reviewed (Note: Walk-ins start Wednesday, January 9 for winter quarter; 11 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday @ 620 Lincoln, Thursday, Friday @ the main library, 2nd floor, core reserve). If you’re not a member of LinkedIn, sign up now and use these tips to build your profile and familiarize yourself with the service’s features.

Plan your summer at Summerfest. Summerfest is a one-stop shop for undergraduate students searching for — you guessed it — what to do this summer. Find information on summer programs, fellowships, summer classes, internships and more. Plus, you can get a resume review or internship advice from UCS staff. Tuesday, January 8, 12-4 p.m., Norris, 2nd floor.

Network with employers at the 2013 Winter Job/Internship Fair. More than 100 employers in the public and private sectors are expected to attend the fair—hiring for internships and full-time employment. Login to CareerCat for a list of specific companies and positions, and find more information at our website. Need help preparing? Read up on how to make the most of a career fair. Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and Northwestern alumni. Students: bring your Wildcard for admission; no registration necessary. Tuesday, January 15, 12-4 p.m., Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/SPAC, 2311 Campus Dr., Evanston.

Apply to interview with top communications firms in New York via the New York Recruiting Program (graduating seniors only). If you’re a graduating senior with dreams of working at a communications firm in NY, join the New York Recruiting Program mandatory information session to learn more about the opportunity to score an interview with Chandler Chicco, DraftFCB, RF Binder, Starcom, or White & Case — to name just a few. Every year Northwestern seniors travel to New York for interviews as part of the New York Recruiting Alliance (NYRA) – a consortium that sponsors employment interviews in the communications industry. Wednesday, January 9, 4-5 p.m., UCS, 620 Lincoln, 2nd floor conference room. Deadline to submit application materials is Monday, January 14, 2013 11:59PM (EST). 

Practice case interviewing for a consulting internship (juniors only). Juniors seeking internships in consulting can practice case interviewing with graduating Northwestern students who already have full-time consulting offers from firms like BCG, Bain, Deloitte, McKinsey and more. Apply for the Mock Case Interview Program for Internships via CareerCat (Jobs & Internships, keyword: Mock Case Interview). You may only sign up ONE time. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesday, January 23, 6-9 p.m., UCS Interview Center, 630 Lincoln St. RSVP by Wednesday, January 16.

Explore careers and take an assessment. Your career development is all about exploration. It’s not uncommon to be unclear about what jobs or internships would best suit you. If you need help determining how your interests, values, skills and personality correlate to career options, consider making an appointment with a UCS career counselor to learn how to research different industries and take one of our assessments (we offer the Strong Interest Inventory, Values Card Sorts and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator).

Pick and choose what works best for you from this list, and you’ll be in good shape for a successful 2013!

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