Getting that Job!

In the real world there are a lot of mixed signals about what is and isn’t important when applying for jobs.  It’s best to have all bases covered so there are no misunderstandings about what you deem important.  Write that unique intriguing cover letter so you can get your foot in the door.  Write a resume that is error free and represents you in a dignified manner.  Practice interviewing several different ways so there are no surprises during the real thing and send that thank you note after the interview.  You want to show the company that you should be taken seriously and that you are the perfect candidate for the available position.

A cover letter is supposed to say why you are the right one for the job.  Do you have prior work experience that puts you above others? Do you have the skill set necessary for the position? Tell the company what sets you apart from others and how that relates to the available job.

Make sure your resume is error free.  Have a trusted friend or advisor read through it before submitting for different jobs.  Make sure to include all important achievements, work experience, GPA, schooling, expected graduation date, and any other activities.  You want your resume to show that you are qualified for the job, you pay attention to detail and that you are organized.

The interview is your opportunity to elaborate on what you have already stated in the cover letter and resume.  There are behavioral and situational questions that can be asked.  Behavioral incorporate past work experience while situational is where a situation is presented and you will be asked to respond.  Be prepared for both.

Send a hand written thank you note to the person or persons who interviewed you.  Thank them for their time and let them know that you are excited to hear from them. This should be done within 24 hours of the interview.

A thank you is the finishing touch!

Are there any other tips to getting that job?! Let us know in the comments below!


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