Etter wanted to give her Career Development class some inside information on what employers are looking for in candidates when faced with a hiring decision. Who better to give that information than, well, those who hire! She invited four hiring managers into the classroom to participate in a career panel.
The panelists included: Cathy Rosenberg, Conchita Bodyworks; Tom Pomeroy, Univita; Kristine McBride, Minnesota School of Business; and Lindsey Vogel, Massage Retreat & Spa. Each of them had some great advice to offer students and job searchers to land that position they’ve been seeking!
- Resumes should be perfectly tailored to the job you are applying for. Make sure your objective has the right company you are applying to. And change your resume each time you apply for a different position so you are listing the skills (that you have), that match the qualifications listed. McBride added that she has about 100 different versions of her resume!
- Your resume should be completely error-free. If there are misspellings, employers may not look at the rest of your document. Rosenberg said if she sees a misspelling on a resume, she immediately throws it out.
- Cover letters are not always looked at by the hiring manager, but they are oftentimes required to complete your application. If an employer requests that you submit a cover letter, make sure it’s PERFECT!
- A cover letter can also help an employer identify why you might have some employment gaps. If you were unemployed for a period of time due to being a full-time student, that should be something you include in your resume.
- Thank you notes are absolutely necessary, and not used enough. Hand-written are great, but any thank you note will work. They should be sent within 48 hours after the interview to ensure your message is received during the decision-making stage.
- Get experience as early as you can. Internships, volunteerism, and part-time work in your field are great ways to pad your resume and land your future dream job. Many students are hired on from their internships!
- Avoid strong smells during an interview. Lay off the perfume and cologne, and don’t smoke in your interview clothing. It can be very distracting and unpleasant to the employer.
“You will hear many different opinions on various aspects of the job search,” notes Etter. “It’s good to hear different viewpoints on resumes and interviewing because you will be exposed to many different types of employers with different preferences during your job search.”
For additional information on job search techniques, visit Eric, Melissa, or Nicole in the Career Services department. They can help you with anything from creating a resume, to fine-tuning the details on any of your career documents. They can help prepare you for an interview through mock interviews, professional dress, and interview tips. If you are currently seeking a position, they can send you job leads related to your field.
Wherever you are in your job search, MSB is here to assist you. And remember, it’s never too early to get a jump start on your career, whether through an internship, part-time job, or just meeting with Career Services staff to start preparing for your next steps after graduation.