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.
GoinGlobal is a great professional development and international experience preparation tool. It includes dozens of city and country guides for both international and domestic locations that provide culturally-relevant career tips (ex: employment trends, local job search sites, resume and interviewing tips), as well as insight on different areas of the world to help students feel confident during travel experiences. Additionally, GoinGlobal hosts a job and internship posting portal for companies of all sizes, where you can search by location and field of interest, to find positions and gain insight into growing companies and industries domestically and abroad. Lastly, GoinGlobal houses an up-to-date database of companies that have put forth H1-B visa sponsorship proposals; this provides International students with a better idea of companies that regularly hire individuals requiring Visa sponsorship and may be particularly open to bringing on interns and full-time employees from other countries and cultures. Log-in with your UW NetID and set up an account to customize your search process.
Job Hunting is like a job unto itself:
1. Customize your resume to fit the job description of the position you're applying to.
2. Edit, edit, edit...make sure all your materials are free from errors. Demonstrate your attention to detail and excellent written communication skills. Have someone else review your documents for you.
3. Interview practice will prepare you to be more comfortable in an actual interview, and help you develop responses that are relevant to what the employer would like to learn about you, your skills, and experience..
4. Ask thoughtful questions in the interview, that cannot be easily researched and do not revolve around salary/benefits.
5. Follow-up with a "thank you" note to stand out as a candidate as a perfect fit for the position.
6. Dress to impress.
7. LinkedIn matters: it enables employers to see a fuller understanding of your skills, experiences, and interests, and allows you to build and maintain professional connections.
8. Internships set you apart, help you to determine what you value in your work, and build skills for the future.