1) Define your objectives and
interests. Know what you want in a job and why you want that.
2. Know your professional goals and target
them. You've positioned yourself by your major, outside
activities, work and life experience to succeed in your chosen
field. Be prepared to share this information.
3. Have realistic expectations. You will
almost certainly need to work yourself up the ladder on your
4. Have an error free resume and application
materials. Use targeted resumes if you are exploring different
5. Be prepared to discuss your abilities,
skills and goals in an interview. Go over your strengths
beforehand and use examples to illustrate your case. Request
letters of recommendation from previous employers. Bring them
with you to the interview.
6. Know the company or organization you are
applying to beforehand and the kind of positions they may have
to offer. This will impress the interviewer and enable you to
ask relevant questions.
7. Talk to faculty and departmental staff as
well as your campus career center about opportunities.
Networking is very important. The absolute best resource for
finding employment can be found right on your campus in your
school's career center. They have the expertise, experience and
the commitment to help you in all phases of your search. Be
proactive. Ask as many questions as is necessary of your
counselor to get yourself on track.
8. Get as much face to face time as possible.
9. Practice your telephone skills. Call your
own voice mail and leave a message. Then listen critically and
edit yourself. Warm up your voice before you make that call.
10. Don't assume that you are with an
experienced interviewer. Be prepared to take the lead if
11. Don't exaggerate, inflate or lie.
12. Do not give up too soon. Persistence is
13. Keep notes on every position you've
applied or interviewed for. Names, dates, brochures and position
descriptions are useful for future reference. Ask for supporting
14. Be professional and courteous at all
times. Many professions are small. Bad mouthing colleagues or
the profession may come back to harm your chances.
15. Treat the "little people" with respect.
There are no little people. Every person you meet is important.
16. Relax. Present yourself as a person, not
as an interviewing machine.
17. Always send a thank you note after the
interview no matter what your interest in the position.
18. Be patient while remaining persistent. It
sometimes takes time to get interviews coordinated. Don't be
afraid to write additional letters of interest or to call while
19. When invited to on-site interviews
politely inquire about travel plans and procedures, who pays,
how much and when.
20. Be prepared to have a hectic schedule and
to meet many new people. Remain calm and professional throughout
21. Keep an optimistic demeanor, chin up and a
22. Always have backup plans. Your skills are
transferable and marketable in a variety of places.
23. Don't stop pursuing new employment until
you have accepted a position.
Get Organized - an appointment calendar,
business card holder and a binder or notebook to record relevant
names and information are key.
Write your resume - this is an advertisement
for yourself designed to get you an interview. Use multiple
targeted resumes if you are applying for differing positions.
Put together a portfolio - this collection of
accomplishments and skills presented in an orderly format
highlights your strengths.
Take full advantage of your campuses career
center - have them critique your resume, arrange interview
schedules and notify you of upcoming events.
Research the companies and organizations you
are applying to - find out as much as possible how you might fit
into their plans and then take the time to identify ways you
might sell yourself using that information.
Practice answering interview questions and
practice asking questions in a polite, thoughtful manner.
Dress professionally - the image you present
will significantly effect the interviewer's impression of you.
Plan to wear a two piece business suit.
- It is nearly impossible to over dress for
an employment interview. It is, however, easy to under dress.
Wear a dark colored conservative suit. Choose accessories like
ties, hose and socks that match. Make sure that your shoes are
clean and polished and comfortable enough to be able to walk
from office to office or building to building in case you are
ask to do so.
- Shower close to your interview time and use
a good deodorant. Body odor is a no no.
- Wear a minimum amount of jewelry. Keep
obvious piercings to the ears.
- Clean and trim your fingernails.
- Keep cologne and perfume to a minimum.
- Wear a well groomed hairstyle. Your hair
color should be a natural looking shade.
- Freshen your breath with mouthwash and
clean your teeth.
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