|It’s tough being the best.|
It’s not a big shock to college students that the job market is tighter than ever, and the competition is fiercer than ever. Even internships are becoming increasingly harder to obtain because students have more resources at their fingertips. That’s why it’s imperative to stand out from other applicants, whether you’re applying for a summer internship, or if your applying a post college job.
Keep these helpful tips in mind to rise to the top of the applicant pool!
Make your cover letter creative.
Cover letters can be tricky to write, but most people underestimate how important they are. It is the first thing a potential employee reads when they open your email or application. The words on the cover letter need to demonstrate how your experience can help you flourish in the position you are applying to. Think of it as a thirty second sales pitch- similar to a commercial. Do you want to be the commercial that’s boring and makes a person flip the channel, or do you want to be the catchy jingle that get’s stuck in everyone’s head?
When a future employer looks at a resume for a potential employee, they want to see more than just the places you’ve interned/worked at. They want to see how you have handled previous positions of responsibility, and how you made your mark at your former company. You can do this by including projects and assignments you completed, explaining how to specifically aided the company in a certain area. For example, if you were a social media at Smith Industries, explain how many followers you were able to bring to the company’s Twitter account, or how many hits you were able to get on the web site’s blog per week through your bullet points.
Lay your cards on the table.
Networking is a crucial part in breaking into any industry. Most times, meetings with other people in the industry are spur of the moment, with very little time to engage one on one. Make a lasting impression on a new connection by giving them your own business card, complete with all of your contact information. Anyone can go Staples.com to a design their own business card, with plenty of styles and fonts to choose from, all at a low price. By having these business cards, you can quickly exchange information with anyone, without the hassle of searching for a pen or note pad. Plus, most employers will be impressed with your initiative to brand yourself.
Remember the magic words you learned in preschool.
Sometimes, the most simple gestures stand out the most in interviews. After meeting with a future employer, you may think that you did the best you can, and all you have to do is wait it out till they make a decision. Not quite job seekers! Within 24 hours, make sure to send a thank you note (preferably hand written) to anyone you met with during the interview, thanking them for their time. This is a great way to stand out with employers post interview, and to show that you’re a person who always goes the extra mile.
These tips may not guarantee you a job, but they will help you on the road to employment!
♥AUTHOR: PATRICE BENDIG