For all you new or prospective GCs out there… Here are a few tidbits I am ((slowly)) learning about professional life…
My Must Haves:
1. A well-curated LinkedIn.
From professional networking to finding future jobs– you should get a LinkedIn stat if you do not currently have one. And– keep it up to date! You never know who may see it! ((I have had several companies email me about potential jobs via LinkedIn too!))
2. A proper email AND twitter.
A proper email may seem obvious– but is important to note. By proper email– think a professional email account free of any hobbies/interests/etc ((ie. “cheer_girl_fo_life@” or “girl_crazy_soccer_stud@” require an upgrad)). Likely stick with some form of your name.
Now a professional twitter is something I have been thoroughly enjoying//had not thought about much before. I now have GC friends who I primarily if not exclusively know via twitter. It is an amazing way to keep up with new occurrences in your field as well. ((Always be thinking about networking!))
3. Keep that CV updated. ((And references list!))
Whenever you do something new– update that CV right away so you are never caught unprepared. This also goes for those young professionals who are already employed– you never know when someone may ask for a copy! ((Thanks to my NSGC mentor for this tip!))
When thinking professional references– build a diverse list of 3-5 complete with emails, phone numbers, and work addresses.
Best of luck!