For all you recent graduates out there, the task of searching for and landing a job can be a daunting one. Especially for those of you that are first-timers.
It’s important to utilize your professors and school career centers. They have helpful advice on where to look for jobs and how to write resumes and cover letters. Many of your professors are professionals in the field and it is very important to network, network, network! The question is what do you do once you’ve gotten that call to come in for an interview?
We’re excited to have handy tips straight from the horse’s mouth!
BCA President, Alex Askew, is giving you tips on interviewing for that dream job:
1. Prepare yourself – Prior to any interview it is always a good idea to research the company, find out what its mission is, how long its been in business and how its existing operations work. This shows initiative, resourcefulness and a clear desire that you want to work there.
2. Do mock interviews with friends and family – Focus and concentrate on eye contact and being able to explain how your skills make you the perfect fit as an employee and why you would be an asset to the employer. By doing so, it will make you less nervous during the interview itself and show you’re confident when communicating with people.
3. Have your resume and cover letter proofread several times – This promises they are as professional as possible. You represent yourself well by paying attention to detail and shows you took the time and consideration to look as professional as possible.
4. Plan your outfit ahead of time – Make sure it is in line with the course of business you are interviewing for. Your shoes should be polished, your shirt, jacket and pants should be wrinkle-free, always wear and tie and be conscientious about jewelry and piercings.
5. Do yourself a favor and print out business cards with your name and contact information – Business cards are an easy way to impress potential employers and make them see that you already understand how business contacts are communicated in the real world. They are affordable to print and can be made from your home. Not only will this increase your chances of landing that career opportunity, but also provide someone with the possibility of passing your card on to someone else.
And good luck to you all!