Monday, March 10, 2014

Set Yourself Up for Success: 5 Must Do’s

Written by Lauren Lind

The pressure is on for those looking for internships or jobs as we are officially past the halfway point of the semester. Don’t panic! Here are 5 tips that can help to set you up for job searching success.

5.  Go shopping. Yup, that’s right, we said it. What better excuse to go shopping than to update your wardrobe with professional attire fit for interviews? Be ready to look dapper in case you land an interview that requires you to come in on short notice.

4.   Find good references. Make sure that you have asked trusted friends, co-workers, supervisors, or teachers ahead of time to be your references. This will let them know you are looking for jobs and they will not be caught off guard when contacted by an employer. 

3.  Prep yourself for interviewing. Do your research; learn about the ins and outs of companies you are interviewing with. You will want to know as much as possible and show the interviewer that you did your homework. Train yourself on interview etiquette (how to answer difficult questions, writing thank you cards, etc.) and be sure to have thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer.

2.  Polish your resume. Be sure to update your experience and skills. Stand out from your competitors by having a strong resume free of grammatical and spelling errors.

1.  Network. Finding a job if often about who you know. Networking is crucial in job searching. It always helps to have someone put in a good word for you. The more people you meet and connect with, more opportunities will come your way.

What are some things that you have done to set yourself up for success? For more information about how to be prepared for job searching attend Career Services’ Resumes and Networking workshop on Wednesday, March 12th at 5:30pm.