You just got out of college; you got a huge grin on your face and a degree on your hand. You made your parents proud and you feel so awesome for surviving college. You went home to your apartment, looked around and asked yourself, “What’s next?” The challenges of the real world are waiting for you and you are planning your next step. Want to start your career right? Follow these instructions and you might just find yourself landing that dream job.
Update your resume. You just got your Bachelors degree and I’m sure you are excited to put that down on your resume. Aside from your educational attainment, make sure that you include your past part-time jobs (if any) and some extra curricular activities from your university. Your volunteer work every Sunday might give you an edge from the other applicants. Also, including membership from organizations will definitely give the interviewer something to talk about with you. You’ll never know, he or she might be an affiliate, too.
Make some research about the company. Nothing is more embarrassing than being asked on a phone interview on what do you think about their company if you have no idea on what the company does. Yes, you just found their ad on a job site but you can always research the company before submitting your application. It will also be beneficial to both parties if you have the same values and interest as the company.
Be brief and honest.Your phone interview is a good chance to get short-listed and be called for an actual interview. Make sure that you know what you are talking about and you are confident talking about yourself. The employer wants to know more about you in five minutes so be brief. There is such thing as sharing too much information and it is not a good thing during interviews. Also, being honest is very important because you are building trust with your possible employer. You do not want to tell them that you are not a parent during the interview only to ask them after few months that you need to miss work for your kid’s birthday.
Dress to impress. Today is your interview day and you should look just right for the part. Do not under or over dress for the interview. Always remember that how you look and what you say can make or break your future. Dress properly for the job that you are applying. Most of the time, smart casual or semi-formal will do the trick. For women, light make-up application is enough just to not look so pale or too dramatic – unless you are applying as an actress or something that might require a bit more make-up for the part.
You do not know how long you will last on your first job but it is always safe to say that one should always make a good first impression especially at work. No matter what people say, first impressions always last. Make it count.