From a young age, most of us have been taught to say “Thank you” to people when they help us out. For a while, that was a struggle for me. It wasn’t that I was ungrateful or not wanting to show appreciation. It was just difficult for me to articulate as a child. I really didn’t know what to say, when to say it, or even how to tell someone “Thanks.” Nowadays, many students have the same issue when it comes to professional situations. But following up is key to making a great impression.
Making yourself stand out as a candidate doesn’t end when you walk out the door after an interview. This article explains additional things you can do to show that you have what it takes.
Before you walk through the door for your first interview, read this. Find out what really captures the attention of interviewers from an employer’s perspective.
Have you ever sent an email or text with a glaring typo, and you felt your soul fall to pieces as it floated away through cyberspace and to your friend’s phone or computer? The ever-popular iPhone auto-correct “fails” definitely make light of spell check faux pas, but when it happens in a job application, no one is laughing. Before you send out a cover letter or resume, triple check a couple of things.
I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. I usually forget to make one, make one and then forget it, or make one and solve it in about a week. This year, I came up with the idea to read a biography on every president before the year is over. What’s today? January 11th? Yeah, I haven’t started yet…
If you’re still without a New Year’s resolution and are much more focused than I am on making my 2012 spectacular, here are a couple of ways you can improve your professional life before the world ends on Dec. 21!
Finals week is undoubtedly one of the most frustrating and stressful times of college life. Right now, you’re probably feeling tired, overwhelmed, and decided to read this blog just so you wouldn’t have to go study. (It’s okay. I’ve been there.) But there is a way to survive finals, and it isn’t some impossible, intangible dream that comes to you after falling asleep on your textbooks.
Is your fall internship over? Make sure you leave a great, lasting impression before you leave for winter break!
It’s been a while since I’ve watched The Office. After Jim and Pam got married, I think my heart broke in half, and I was unable to continue watching, knowing that Jim would never be mine. But up until that point, I loved the show. When I started working in an office full-time, the summer before my sophomore year, the show started becoming a lot funnier to me. Understanding the dynamics of office interactions at an introductory level made the antics in every episode more interesting and, somehow, relatable. Of course, most offices (thankfully!) do not run like they do in The Office. But nevertheless, I did learn a couple of worthwhile lessons about the working world from observing Jim’s daily life.
When I was a freshman, I was one of those types who wanted to do everything. For me, this was a great idea. I’m one of those types who fixates on one hobby per week. (This week is knitting, in case you were wondering.) What this ended up doing was helping me tailor my interests and focus throughout college. I later on picked up two minors in addition to my major, and some of the groups I joined as a freshman I am still in to this day. It also made me way, way cooler. (See Exhibit A on the left)
So what’s the secret to this lifestyle?
If you’re looking for a job, there is a lot to keep in mind. There is also a lot you can overlook, even unintentionally. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you!