Another week of 2020, down in the books. Congrats on surviving it! As the end of the semester looms closer, you want to make sure that you’re sharpening your job search skills outside of class. Remember, just because you’re on break doesn’t mean potential employers are!


In this week’s issue:

5 Productive Things to do During Your Winter Break

MELT U Alumni Spotlight featuring Sydney Janes

What Could College Athletes Make from NIL Rights


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5 Productive Things to do During Your Winter Break


While there is some value in getting shuteye, there’s only so much rest necessary, and, to be fair, you do have other, more important things to do. We’ve compiled a handy list of helpful suggestions for productive things you could do during the break to jump-start your career!

1. Apply for scholarships and Internships 
If there was ever a time to apply, it’s now! You don’t have to spend the entire break applying for scholarships, but even if you devote a few hours to your scholarship applications, it will make a world of difference in your search. After all, it only takes one to win! The same goes for your internship applications. It’s important to keep focused on your internship search throughout the year and never give up! Don’t forget; you can always arrange an informational interviewor job shadow to learn about new career prospects (and network), too!

2. Revamp your resume, cover letter, and/or essays
Whether it’s a job, internship or college application resume, cover letter, or essays, updated documents are always good to keep on hand at all times – after all, you never know when you might need them! Opportunity knocks the moment you’re least expecting it, so it’s always best to be prepared at a moment’s notice. As a result, take the extra time during your break to work on all your important documents, adding any extra information you have had since you last updated them.

3. Plan Next Semesters Schedule 
It’s time to get a jump start on planning next semester while you have time, and there’s no time like the present! Additionally, you should start creating a game plan for next semester before you get too busy to do so later.

4. Listen to the MELT U Podcast 
Take the extra time you have and catch up on all of the MELT U Podcast Episodes. Take the extra step and reach out to our speakers on LinkedIn, alls it takes is one message to change your career!

5. Order Your Copy of Build Brand You
Build Brand You: Insights For Pursuing Your Dreams by MELT CEO Vince Thompson is a step-by-step guide to building the network, the résumé, and?most importantly?the mindset you need to stand out from the competition and win the job you want. Pre-orders are available now on Amazon!

What else do you like to spend time doing over your holiday break? Tweet at us @meltatl and let us know!



Catch up on all of the MELT U Podcasts here – new podcasts posted bi-weekly on Spotify and iTunes!


MELT U Episode #62: 
Michele Elrod is the Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing for Regions Bank. Regions is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Based in Birmingham, Regions helps clients successfully navigate all banking and other financial needs. LISTEN HERE

MELT U Episode #61: 
Allison Fillmore is the Executive Director for the PGA Tour Championship. The TOUR Championship, the finale to the PGA TOUR, during which the 30 best players in the world compete for the FedExCup at Atlanta’s iconic East Lake Golf Club. Allison leads the tournament’s efforts toward an enhanced fan experience at every level while further cementing the Can’t-miss event among Atlanta’s social scene and business landscape. LISTEN HERE






“I was fortunate enough to be part of Melt university in the summer of 2016 and then was able to be on the intern coordinating staff for the next two summers. The program helped me discover my passions and exposed me to things that I never thought a college student would experience. One of my biggest takeaways from the program is to strive to be uncomfortable because growth happens. When you seek growth, you will be able to see what it looks like to flourish. To all MELT U 2020 students, I urge you to be a sponge, soak it all in because I promise you there’s no other place like it. Oh, and never forget the thank you note!”  Sydney Janes







Expand your horizons with our curated collection of helpful articles, videos, and other essential recommendations.

The pandemic was already straining students’ ability to learn. Now, they’re distracted by the election: “As millions of votes are still being counted nationwide, America is left at an uncertain standstill. This permeating sense of anxiety — one that is usually quelled in the morning hours of election night — has dragged into the next day, even though the presidential returns were expected to take longer than usual.” READ MORE.

Higher earning: What could college athletes make from NIL rights?: “The NCAA is moving closer to allowing college athletes to make money from their names, images, and likenesses. But what could that really mean for their bank accounts?” READ MORE

Gen Z Isn’t Just Job Hunting — They’re Taking Aim At Why We Work: “Searching for your first professional job during an economic downturn so severe it’s being compared to the Great Depression is bad enough, but doing so during a pandemic? That’s nightmare territory. It’s also the exact dilemma that many young adults are facing right now.” READ MORE

Many Universities Preemptively Canceling Spring Break 2021 In Bid To Limit COVID Spread: “First colleges canceled fall break, now spring break is on the chopping block.” READ MORE

Why it’s time to rethink college: “The pandemic has thrown higher education in the U.S. into a state of disarray, with declining enrollment forcing universities to cut budgets, eliminate positions and reconsider the way they function altogether…” READ MORE





Vince and virtual MELT U are heading to a campus near you soon!

Tuesday 11/17: UGA PRSSA Virtual ZOOM

Book a live or virtual keynote or training session with Vince Thompson, MELT Founder and CEO! Hear from Vince on a variety of topics such as career development skills, student-athlete branding, collegiate sports marketing, and more! LEARN MORE



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What’s MELT? 

It’s a high-powered sports marketing agency that’s based in Atlanta and works with the world’s biggest brands, teams, and events. MELT, which I founded in 2000, has become one of the nation’s leading sports marketing agencies, including a 20-year representation of The Coca-Cola Company, the activation of 17 (would have been 18) consecutive Final Fours, seven seasons of ESPN College GameDay, AFLAC’s sponsorship of The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and much more. We have won a collective 20 industry awards since 2017, including CEO of The Year, Event Marketer IT list of Top 100 Event Marketing Agencies, Chief Marketer’s Top 200 agencies, and many more. MELT and I sit in a unique position in the sports and college sports marketplace, offering insight into the significant business issues in sports and college sports.

What’s MELT U?
It’s a one-of-a-kind virtual internship program offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world of sports marketing. This Summer MELT U educated 1,100 students with 50 podcasts of industry leaders, live Lunch & Learns from my upcoming book, “Build Brand YOU.”  MELT U will now extend the offerings to be year-round and to include newsletters, video series, seminars, student-athlete branding, and much more.