Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells
Graduation is only two short weeks away. The invitations have been sent out, senior pictures have been taken and caps have been decorated. So, what’s next after the long and highly anticipated day most seniors work four years (or sometimes longer) to reach?
For most seniors, unless they’re headed to graduate school, it’s time to look for a job. While this may seem like a daunting task, Director of Career Services Don Owens, has several helpful tips for seniors to get that dream job.
1. Present yourself in every application process in a professional way.
Owens stresses that job applicants should fill out every line on a job application even if the student doesn’t have an exact answer. Not applicable is better than a blank line.
2 Be sure your resume is targeted to that particular job.
Owens suggests reviewing the company’s website, and to be sure and include keywords from the job description into your resume.
“Most applications are online. [Companies] have systems that will scan resumes, and you get points for every word you have in your resume that’s in the job description.”
3. Do not undersell yourself.
“Go back and look at the job you’re applying for, and look at courses you’ve taken. Look at assignments you’ve had to research and think about the steps you used to do those,” said. Owens.
He says to highlight the activities that students have done in the past and not to immediately confess what you don’t have. Promote what you do have.
4. Take advantage of Career Services.
“We feel like we’re the best kept secret of campus.”
Career Services offers many tools for students looking for a job.
They conduct mock interviews for students to prepare for real interviews. A student may also email or bring their resume in person so a Career Services representative can look at it.
Owens said students should also check out the Cru Connection tool on the Career Services website. It gives alumni a chance to peruse open job positions.