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"YOU are what YOU are, YOU know what YOU know, and YOU are the one who'll decide where to go," Dr. Seuss

"YOU are what YOU are, YOU know what YOU know, and YOU are the one who'll decide where to go," Dr. Seuss

Writer/Blogger Cameron Callucci

Written by Cameron Gallucci

Most of us have served fast-food, babysat, or mowed lawns.  Now is the time to consider routes for that serious career.  Unlike the SAT, so many of these lessons are learned through experience not instruction, and I want to offer a few tips to help you navigate your route.

  • To start things off, make a long-term plan, at least in your head. You can’t track your success or know your best choices without a rough idea of where you want to be in ten years.
  • Connections are definitely helpful, but the vitals are references, and not just the references you list on your resume.  Good reference-checkers won’t limit themselves to the formal list you provide. They may call former managers and coworkers, especially those not listed, since they know the omission could be intentional.
  • Another element often overlooked is cover letters. A well-written cover letter with personality can get you an interview when your resume alone will not. Although some hiring managers don’t bother with cover letters, many do, and you have no way of knowing which type you’re dealing with.
  • Prepare yourself and practice for that interview. Some things you say, some things you don’t. Be the friendly person who can differentiate between professional and casual.
  • Use discretion when referencing former colleagues, bosses and even competitors.  If you bash them, you’ll be perceived as negative at best and a troublemaker at worst.  Do you want to be remembered as the gossip?  As for bad-mouthing competitors — what if your company someday merges with a competitor?
  • Remember that quizzing your interviewer in the right way can actually shed some positive light on you. You come across as the interested initiator who wants to learn more, and that makes you a good investment.
  • Social media follows you everywhere. As my comrade, Sarah Hardey, has emphasized, social media can be your friend and worst enemy; it depends on you. Social media can harm your reputation in other ways, too. Personal posts and tweets from work — when you’re supposed to be doing your job — can tag you as a slacker. Use discretion in what and when you post, but don’t be Internet invisible.
  • Your resume is vital. You want an impressive portrayal of what you can offer, but don’t show off with over-the-top language geared towards your English teacher or exaggerated skills that will only come back to bite you. Honesty is essential.  At the same time, you can spruce up simple tasks to separate yourself from the ordinary.  Customize it.
  • Last, take your education seriously. Whether it is a two-year college, a traditional four-year, or a vocational school, if you party too hard and end up with a run-of-the-mill GPA, you’ll be passed over for the best entry-level jobs.

There’s always going to be a better-qualified competitor out there, but don’t let that dictate your motivation. With dedication, you have a shot too. Don’t give in, as fear will only hold you back.


About ggadminastrator

I am an independent digital marketer, specializing in social media, promotional blog posts, podcasts and SEO. I collaborate with Yukiko Jones and Cynthia Johns to boost user retention rates with viewer research, quality UX, interactive text and engaging videos. I graduated from the School of Arts, Technology, & Emerging Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2013.

Posted on April 14, 2012, in Find a Job, Interview, Motivation, Organization, Preparation, Pysche, Resume, Stress and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great advice and great links for college students who have no clue how to get started… Thanks for the shout out (links) to my blogs!

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