Are you looking for a job or an internship? Have you talked to potential employers and set an interview date? Even though you might be very qualified for the job you have in mind, there are certain things you should know before starting the interview process with your potential employer. Gary Taylor, career services coordinator at South College shares some of the most important things to keep in mind during your job search.
South College: What should students keep in mind during before a job interview?
Gary Taylor: You only have four seconds to make a great first impression, and the final impression is made within 15 seconds. Dress professionally and look at this opportunity with complete respect. As a potential employee, the interviewer will also look at how serious you are about the position. Be aware that your verbal and non-verbal answers also indicate your confidence in being able to handle the position.
SC: What should students remember when writing their resume?
GT: Try to fit your resume on one page, because the employer will only spend about one minute looking at your resume. You have to communicate your professional experience in that short period of time. Make sure to spell check your resume, and have someone else review the documents for continuity, ease of reading and flow.
SC: How important is it to have a cover letter when applying for the job?
GT: The information in the cover letter is the first thing that the future employer will see. It is a reflection of your career in summary and should never be designed to take the place of the details that is in your resume. However, it should be a window that will make the reader interested in looking for more information.
SC: How can students make a good first impression at a networking event or job interview?
GT: Your first impression is a lasting impression. You only have a few seconds to build a rapport with an interviewer or with an individual in a networking opportunity. Make sure that you do your research on the company or event and be able to converse about associated topics. Unless specially told otherwise, always dress professionally. Your attitude should be professional as well. You always need to be completely aware of your body language and the interviewer’s body language. You need to have a strong handshake and excellent eye contact, open stance and receptive body language. That really means that you need to look interested in the speaker and allow them to complete thoughts and questions.
SC: What are some career services that South College provides to students?
GT: The Office of Career Services provides guidance to students in constructing the resume and cover letter, securing references and preparing for interviews. Available job openings are also communicated to graduates and students. An annual career fair is held on campus and recruiters and human resource representatives are invited.
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