Hey MW! With Summer slowly approaching I’m sure many college students and newly graduates are looking to apply for jobs. Trust me, I know the stress that comes with the process.
The first piece of advice I can share with you is to not procrastinate. There’s nothing worse than waiting until the morning of your interview to put together an outfit. You want to take your time picking an outfit you love, feel comfortable and confident in. It makes such a huge difference!
When it comes to your resume, keep it simple and to the point. Don’t forget to highlight your achievements and accomplishments. A common mistake is forgetting to add an “Education” section (you and your parents have spent a lot of time and money on your education so don’t forget to add it). “Skills” are also so important to include in your resume. You can include languages you speak, operating systems you’re familiar with, applications you’re proficient in, and career related skills you possess. Lastly an “Extras” section. Here you can add awards and certifications.
With so much to add to your resume, how do you keep it clean and under 1 page?
Well you don’t have to worry about that because we’ve attached two resume templates that include each of these crucial sections and all you have to do is plug in your information.
Now, let’s talk cover letters. Personally I don’t enjoy writing a cover letter. It just seems like so much extra work. Here are a few tips that have helped make writing a cover letter so much easier.
1. Your cover letter is not a summary of your resume.
Use your cover letter to describe any additional details you couldn’t squeeze into your one page resume. It gives you the freedom to use full sentences instead of bullet points. It’s your chance to expand on certain points you touched on in your resume in order to tell the story of why you are the best candidate for the position you are applying for.
2. It’s not what the company can do for you…but what you can do for the company.
3. Showcase your skills.
You know you have the potential to do the job but your experience may not 100% back you up. This is where your skills come into place. What skills do you have that will benefit you in this position?
4. Cut the fluff.
You don’t have to be overly formal! So many people think otherwise. Have some fun with it. Choose a fun title but keep it professional. Who say’s you have to be boring (:
5. Understand the company’s mission.
It’s so so so important to understand the company you are applying at. Do your research (it doesn’t have to be extensive). What’s their mission? What’s their voice? Not only will some interview questions relate to how much you know about the company but this way you can align your cover letter to relate to their purpose/mission. (Read step 2).
6. Spell check!
Need I say more?
7. Like your resume, keep it short and sweet.
This isn’t your senior thesis. Keep it at 250 words.
8. Stand out.
The best way to stand out is to be yourself.
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional in this area what so ever. I’m a college student just like you and these are tips I’ve acquired throughout my experience of job hunting.
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