As a new graduate I have officially started my job search and I’m always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd of applicants as I spend the time and effort in my pursuit of the best career fit possible. I’ve scoured the web and found the top things you should be doing and should not be doing as you interview for your first out-of-college job experience:
1. Do NOT encourage your parents to call on behalf of you. This ploy does NOT work and should be avoided at all costs. It may seem like a no-brainer but recruitment consultant James Callander says that it is a, “growing trend that he cannot understand what they are hoping to achieve.” Not only does having your parent’s call- make you look incompetent to an employer it also undermines your achievements and lessens your accomplishments. Be an adult. Stand on your own two feet and show this world your moxie.
2. DO apply for positions you are interested in. You have no chance of getting the job you want if you don’t try. However, it is important to apply within a timely manner and make sure that the resume or application packet is tailored to the position’s requirements. You’ll have a better chance at that first interview if you’ve done your research and meet or exceed what the company is looking for.
3. Do NOT L-I-E! Many candidates feel the need to “enhance” or straight out lie about the qualifications they possess in order to get through the pre-screening process. If you don’t have the skills-don’t say that you do. Use integrity. Employers will check your information and you don’t want people in your industry discussing (discretely or indiscreetly) your unsavory character. Be strong, Be honest, it may take longer to find the right fit but it will be yours because you earned it. Just remember that old saying, “Cheater’s never prosper.”
4.Do dress appropriately for the interview and be polite to everyone you meet. When I worked as an administrative assistant part of my duties included greeting potential employees and then giving my opinion of the person to my boss. You never know whom you are meeting and I believe in treating everyone with excellent manners. That person sitting in the receptionist chair could be the boss’ wife, son, or sister, and you can bet that if you are rude to her/him your chance of that position just went out the window. In that same position I sometimes couldn’t believe what people would wear and then I’d hear the office gossip after the candidate left. Be professional, but appropriate for the company.
These are my top four. I encourage you to not be discouraged as you step into one of the worst job markets this country has seen. But rather look at the road as a journey of possibilities, with the stones of failure and success touching the bottom of your feet as you walk into your future. Best of Luck-my fellow graduates.
As always I appreciate your feedback, comments, or any questions you might have.