College Student Jobs
Are you searching for job-hunting advice, hoping to land a career of your choice? Take some advice from a fellow student student on internships, work experience, and interviewing.
Contrary to popular belief, the college job search can actually be fun. If not anything else, it can be a great learning experience. You learn how to accent your important points and sell yourself to achieve a goal. Most likely if you are looking for a job while in college, you are mainly looking for some internship or job that will give you some good experience to put your on your resume. That's what it basically boils down to, if you are planning to work full-time after college. If you are on this path, it doesn't really matter what your major is, or what kind of classes you are taking. It can only help you if you major in a field that you truly love so that you can excel in it. But it's a matter of taking those skills you learn from your major, whether it's writing skills as a history major, or problem-solving skills from being a chemistry major, and accenting them to make yourself seem the most qualified. It's also about just pulling out key "job" words that you can apply to the things that you know. Hey, it's a dog-eat-dog world.
If you have any previous work experience, it's good to portray that in a light that pertains to the employer. Or, at least write your resume so that you can put big words into it. If it's completely irrelevant to the job you are applying, you can choose to completely take it off your resume. If you don't have any work experience, it's okay. Just put any activities you have participated in it, and describe it as if it were a part time job.
Here's a few tips for interviewing. Be relaxed, wear good shoes (they say a lot about you; for guys, wear polished shoes, for ladies, pumps). Arrive on time to the interview, it's not absolutely necessary to show up 15 minutes before your appointment, but just make you aren't late and frazzled. Smile, and look friendly. Be prepared to meet other people in the office other than the interviewer. Give a friendly but firm handshake. Once in the interview, a few opening questions may be one of either: "Tell me about yourself" or, after taking a glance at your resume, "So why did you pick this major?," "What are your plans after graduation?" or "What did you do at this last job?" The key to answering these kinds of open ended questions are to sit back, relax and give yourself a minute to think about what to say. Try to avoid filling in pauses with "umms" or other silence fillers. When explaining your answer, speak slowly and pause for any responses. A good way to attack the typical question of "Tell me about yourself" is to begin by describing what year you are, what your major is, anything you are passionate about that can give them a glimpse into who you are and what your personality is. I think employers like it when you talk about something you are excited about, whether it's your love for linguistic anthropology or your cooperative experiences from running bid night for your fraternity. Be careful not to go off on tangents, or talking about topics that aren't related to the topic at hand, or if it doesn't make a point about yourself. It's also very important to be honest with the employer about who you are. Of course, they can always form their own perception of you, and you cannot change where they are coming from. However, you can do your best to make them think you are a good, reliable and interesting person who can do the job.
College is a time of self-discovery and learning to find your calling in life. For many college students, they enter college with many different expectations about their career paths. There are more careers out there that we could ever imagine. Once at college, after taking a few classes, you quickly learn that you don't know everything about the world. In fact, you know close to nothing, because the classes are so huge and everyone is scattered all over campus. But that's the fun part about it.