Tips from the JS HR Team
May is here, and as a college senior you probably have two things on your mind: graduation and landing a job after college. Although you will be in a position similar to millions of other college seniors, there are some ways that you can separate yourself from the crowd. See my tips below for giving yourself an edge during the recruiting process:
- Follow instructions on how to apply for the position. This means exactly. If the job posting asks for supplemental material, a cover letter or a salary history, include it. Recruiters receive many resumes, but only have a few minutes to review them. If you have not followed the instructions listed, it may be assumed that you will not follow instructions on the job either.
- Review your resume and cover letter (and all other materials) for grammatical errors. Double and triple check. When submitting your resume for a position, use all the tools available to ensure that it is error-free. In addition to spell check, ask a friend to review your materials. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can catch errors that you may not.
- Prepare for the interview. Take some time to learn about the company. This will show the interviewer that you are a planner, and it will help you stand out from others.
- Dress for success. You want to project a professional image, so when in doubt, wear a suit. You want to dress for the job you want, not necessarily just the job you’re interviewing for.
- Thank your interviewer. Be sure to get contact information for your interviewer. You’ll want to send a thank you note quickly (preferably within 24 hours). You can send your thank you via email, but if you really want to separate yourself, follow up with a handwritten note mailed to the interviewer.
These tips are in no way the only things you need in order to prepare for the next chapter in your life, but they provide basic guidelines on what recruiters are expecting (at a minimum) when screening applicants. I hope these tips have been helpful. Happy hunting! As our Human Resources Generalist, Courtney manages details associated with employee recruitment, retention and benefits at Jackson Spalding.