Podcast and Tips after the jump!
- Do internships! It will make you marketable.
- Be unique and creative. Use cool fonts and make your name look catchy.
- Make it idiot-proof! It may make sense to you, but it may not be clear to someone else.
- Format it in a clear straight forward way.
- If you have a good GPA, put it on!
- Remember: It is a marketing document. It is an advertisement; how will you stand out? Use strong headers and be specific.
- Be very specific. The company and job must be weaved throughout the cover letter.
- Think about what you want to say.
- Make sure that there are no typo's! Make sure you re-read it and make the necessary corrections.
- Why do you want this job? Make your cover letter shine.
- Show your research on the organization. "Make a connection between what you know you want to do, and what is required."
- Show your personality!
- Outline the job description using key words and key concepts. If they used "organized" three times, you may want to include organizational skills in your cover letter.
- Don't be cocky! Be confident in your experience but don't go in like you own the place.
- Prepare- do mock-interviews and rehearse.
- Over dress! Treat career fairs as an interview as well.
- Give substance in your answers.
- Ask questions! Prepare questions in a notebook. You can ask personal questions to make it conversational. It will show a true interest in the job.
- Show research in an interview; look the company up on LinkedIn.
- Remember that you're selling yourself. This is a competition. Prove you're the best person for the job.
Remember: Being nervous is absolutely normal. When you're nervous, it shows that you have humility, a desire to please, and that you genuinely care. Don't feel like you have to answer right away. Collect your thoughts before talking. Don't forget to send a thank you letter after the interview!
Thank you Lauren and Jennifer for providing us with such great tips! We are sure to be pros in no time!
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