If you’re a college or grad student, chances are that your school has a career services office. And chances are that you’ve never visited. Not a problem; here are a few reasons why you should and why you’ll be thankful that you did.
It’s tempting (and often encouraged) to send out one resume on multiple applications. After all, you poured hours into that thing to make sure it looks right–it even has the right font. The danger to that is missing out on the opportunity to pack your resume with specific keywords that recruiters are looking for. So what are those keywords? Luckily, right in front of you, scattered throughout the job posting. Here’s a quick guide on how to use them to your advantage.
If you were invited for an interview, you’ve conquered half the battle; the recruiter already thinks you can do the job based on your resume. The next half, though, is about proving them right. Things like body language or your outfit play a part, but only a supporting role to what really gets the spotlight: how you answer those tough questions. Here are some tips on how to deliver.
No matter how stellar your resume, it’s your cover letter that can make or break your chance at an interview. All it takes is an antiquated “To Whom It May Concern” to get your reader’s mouse migrating towards the “delete” button. A lot of rules concerning cover letters have changed, mainly because of e-mail: In an e-mail cover letter, all that you have going for you is succinct, compelling, scannable content. Understand that fancy headers, heavy cream cardstock, and strawberry-scented stationery won’t save you. The following mini-makeovers of common mistakes, however, will.
The dreaded panel interview. Having sat on both sides of the table, I can safely say that, many times, the group who’s interviewing you is either just as nervous as you are or just as eager to get it all over with. Yet, it’s a practice that won’t be going away anytime soon, since many people regard it as the best way to gauge a candidate’s potential as part of a team. Regardless of whether you agree with that or not, it’s inevitable that you’ll run into a group interview or two in the near future. Here are some quick tips to help you get through them with flying colors.
Rejection at any stage of the job-hunting game is inevitable. Whether your initial instinct is to wallow or move on, consider a third option: leave the door open. The name of the game isn’t just securing a new job; it’s also developing connections and picking up valuable feedback along the way that will strengthen your interview prowess. Here are some tips on how to turn a closed door into one that opportunity will knock on.
You know the drill: keep your resume to one page, use a clean font, and write plenty of action verbs. But beyond that, how do you know that your resume isn’t getting tossed in the trash? Now that e-mailed resumes have become the norm, employers are flooded with applications and scan at a pace quicker than ever before. Dust off that document and follow these rules to make yours shine.
Chances are that advancing your career or exploring new job opportunities made it to the top of your New Year’s resolutions. The million dollar question, of course, is how. Now is the perfect time to take a step back, evaluate your goals, and consider what you can do to make yourself stand out. Consider one of these four tactics so that you’ll be ready next time you go out casting your net: