Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Traditional Meal for Career Success

I don’t know about you, but every year, a few days before Thanksgiving, my father asks me what I want to eat at our Thanksgiving meal. And more or less, my answer is, “we HAVE to have turkey, ham, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes…” and then the list goes on. I realized that in tradition and as the years go by, I have come up with a list that is the standard minimum of what has to be at the dinner table or else it won’t be our traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Similarly, there is a standard minimum of what most job and internship opportunities need in order to apply and succeed:
  • Resume: Almost every position you apply to will require a resume. Employers want to know what background you have in the industry through your education, work experience, clubs and activities, etc. so make sure that you have an updated document with appropriate experiences on your resume.
  • Cover Letter: Most positions will require a cover letter, this is your opportunity to speak more about yourself and give some concrete examples in your past experiences that show why you are the best candidate for the job.
  • Interview: This is your opportunity to shine in front of a recruiter. They will ask you a variety of questions to see how you fit into the company or organization. Similarly, this is a chance for you to see if this company or organization is a fit for you! 

Although these are just three examples we hear about often in the professional world, they are very crucial to the career process. Additionally, some other standards are knowledge about the industry, presenting your most professional self, thank you letters--the list goes on.

As always, you know that the Career Center is available if you have any questions about the career process, want a critique of your resume/cover letter, or would like to get some mock interview practice in. Stop by our Quick Questions or give us a call to make an appointment!

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

Anne Monique Concepcion,
Graduate Assistant

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