A resume is a brief, concise document that presents, and effectively sells, your most relevant and positive credentials for employment, admission to graduate school, consideration for a scholarship or fellowship, or other professional purpose.
You may be wondering if you need a cover letter. The answer is always YES. Cover letters are a very important part of 'getting in the door'. In many instances, it's how you make your first impression.
It's all about getting that interview. A strong cover letter and resume sets you apart from other applicants and increases your chances of being invited to an interview. The interview, the thank you response, and negotiating the offer are critical steps in landing that perfect position for you.
Enhance your career exploration or job search by networking with as many people as you can. Effective networking can increase your chance of finding a job.
What Do Employers Really Want?
It is essential to learn how to translate your 'soft skills' into valuable skill sets that employers seek. Knowing what employers really want will help you tailor your resume and cover letter accordingly.
References and Letters of Recommendation
References and Letters of recommendation are needed tools in your job search or to apply for graduate school.
Do you know the social norms for dress, business meetings, and social networking? Learn all the do's and don'ts of workplace etiquette before you start a professional job.
Post Graduate Service Opportunities
Take a look at these service positions available to graduates. With organizations such as the Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity, these are some great opportunities to learn in a new environment while serving others.
Job Hunting is like a job unto itself:
You will get it right, but you need to work at it.
1. Customize your resume: it's a door opener only, not your one and only chance to get an interview.
2. No typos. Edit, edit, edit your resume.
3. Interview practice makes you look like a rock star during the interview.
4. Ask really good questions in the interview. It matters.
5. Use your promptly sent thank you note to reveal even more awesome reasons about why you are the perfect fit for the position.
6. Dress to impress.
7. Stay focused.
8. Give a strong handshake. It helps give a good first impression.
9. Social media is mainstream but don't overplay it until you know where it fits, or doesn't fit in the position.
10. LinkedIn matters: you become searchable, findable, and professional.
11. Internships set you apart (and give you great skills for bullet #1).
Adapted from: O'Toole, M. (Designer). (2013). Congratulations Graduate! Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You [Web Graphic].