- Ever had an employer ask you what your weakness is? Make the weakness something positive. Do you care about your job so much that you sometimes tend to work longer hours than you should? Do you take frustration from work home with you? Are you a perfectionist to a fault? Do some people not understand your style until you explain it to them?
- Practice the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method for interviews. Think about it like a story with a good ending. You had a problem, you took action to resolve the problem, the problem got resolved and everyone lived happily ever after. Make sure you think of scenarios in your life and use them as an example. Go into as much detail as you can “I’ll never forget it the day before 4th of July weekend” Blah, blah, blah. Rehearse these in front of the mirror or with a friend. Get it internalized like a speech or stand-up comedy routine.
- Go to job fairs! A job fair is one of the only opportunities you will ever have that you can meet directly with the hiring manager. Have a copy of your resume ready and follow up directly with the hiring manager or HR after applying.
- Go to as many interviews as you can, even if you are not totally sold on the job. It is good practice and it will give you the tools to ace the interview of the job you really like. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? “Practice, Practice, Practice”
- Don’t be hard on yourself. Your going to apply for jobs and not hear back, you will have good interviews and not get hired, maybe it’s the hundredth job you applied for. Don’t take it personally, there is nothing wrong with you, you are not alone, that is just the way the employment world works.
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