What Are Employers Looking For?
- Communication & interpersonal skills
- Intelligence/analytical skills
- Enthusiasm - like what you do
- Flexibility - jobs change from the time you start to the time you leave that position so employers are looking for candidates that are open to change and flexibility
- Leadership skills
- Maturity - employers are looking for candidates that will act professional in the work place and show a sense of maturity
- An appropriate sense of humor - employers want you to be professional but still have a good personality that will contribute to their company culture
What Do YOU Bring To The Table?
- Interests - your interests outside of work and school can help contribute to your future career
- Class & Projects - the experience you gain from your classes and class projects are applicable during job interviews and your future job
- Campus Involvement
- Career - your related experience from previous part-time jobs or earlier careers
- Personal Characteristics
How To Prepare For Your Job Search
- Set realistic timelines & goals
- Develop search parameters
- Focus - research what positions you want to apply for
- Network & participate in campus interviews
- Attend career fairs
- Submit applications
- Practice interviewing
Get To Know Yourself
- Explore interests, values & skills
- Consider academic, financial & other needs
- Reflect on where opportunities might exist
- Know your expectations & what you want to gain from your work experience
- Look beyond the obvious - we all know that large corporations like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Intel have great opportunities but don't forget to look at smaller companies that can offer amazing experiences too!
Tips To Write Your Resume
- It is not a laundry list of your jobs and accomplishments
- Keep it:
- Appropriate & relevant
- Detailed - tell what you did and quantify your accomplishments
- Single page, one sided - less is more!
- List jobs in reverse chronological order
- Do not tell employers what they know - a resume is to tell employers what they need to know about you
- Employers spend 30-60 seconds reading an application/resume
- Be sure to have a professional email and voicemail - if you still have your the email from high school that says "firstname.lastname@example.org", it's time to get a new email.
- If you GPA is a 3.5 or higher, feel free to include it on your resume
Tips To Write Your Cover Letter
- NEVER make a letter out "To Whom It May Concern"
- Research who the hiring manager is or address the letter to "Dear HR Manager"
- Do not use first names when addressing a letter: Use Ms., Mrs., or Mr.
- Do not make the letter out to an organization
Before You Accept Your Offer
- Is travel involved in your job? Do you want to travel? Will your travel be covered by the company?
- Is housing or meals included?
- Does that compensation meet your needs?
- What is the duration of the job?
- Scope of experiences? Are there limits to the job?
- Is there potential to advance?