Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Spring is quickly approaching, I am sure you are getting excited. You asked for the top five things, so let’s get started.
I would recommend you start with taking an inventory of YOU- what have you done lately? What major projects did you do at school, how did you personally contribute to their success? Did you hold a job while at school? Big or small this is a huge thing to highlight. Did you belong to any organizations or clubs- what are your accomplishments within those organizations?
Secondly I would say to perfect your “base resume” using the inventory you just created. I say “base resume” because it is important to have a resume that can be nimble enough to morph for various jobs and companies that you may apply to in the coming future.
Third I would say get a few mock interviews under your belt. If you don’t have a way to formally do it, you can have a friend or relative ask the questions and give honest feedback. Chances are that someone you know has hired an employee before and they would be a perfect person to approach even if they are in a completely different industry.
The forth recommendation would be to always remember to thank everyone you met at an interview. You can do this in so many ways, e-mail, snail mail, in person- just make sure you do it. You want the memory of your conversation to stay top of their mind so remind them of something specific you talked about and it does not have to be job specific.
Lastly, visit your college career center. Take advantage of all they have to offer. Ask questions about companies, networking advice, inside information, on campus interviews, mock interviews- they are a center of information and it is part of your paid tuition.
I remember talking to friends about what color hose to wear with my suit and trying on 10 pair of earrings. But I will tell you at the end of the day I didn’t get my job because I chose nude hose (and I swear everyone wore hose back then, so it was in). I landed my job because I was just ME and that happened to be exactly who they wanted to hire.
Good luck in your future endeavors and thanks for only asking for my top 5!