It's time to button up! Let's land that internship or job!
Identify Your Talents
You are probably asking yourself, "what am I good at?". Everyone has a talent or a skill that they are known for. Before you even begin the process of finding an internship/job, you should conduct a personal inventory of the skills and talents that make you stand out! This will be your ammo when you craft your resume and enter an interview!
Design a Powerful Resume
Resumes are the price of admission to get an interview. If you don't meet the price of admission, you don't get to perform (interview). Recruiters review hundreds of resumes and many begin to look alike. Your resume should be crafted to showcase your talents, skills, and experiences that make you stand out from the rest.
Remember the term, "one size, fits one". For every job that you apply to, your resume should be tailored to showcase the talents and skills that are pertinent to the job you are applying for.
Create a LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn has become one of the most powerful recruiting tools! There is a very good chance that the recruiter at the company you are applying for will do a LinkedIn search. on you. To prepare for the search, you'll want to create a LinkedIn profile that establishes your professional brand. Taking the basics of marketing and brand yourself! LinkedIn will serve as your expanded resume that can feature things a resume can't, such as news articles about you or projects that you've completed
Find Your Next Adventure
Now the fun begins. Remember, you are still a student so your greatest weakness is lack of experience. Your greatest weapons will be the resume, LinkedIn, and your innate talents! Utilize the BYU Career Center services to help you get started on finding that new adventure post-graduation.
Prepare to Master the Interview
Interviews may seem daunting, but it may be your only chance to showcase your brand so treat it like a performance! BYU has a reputation that is definitely comparable to students from top business schools like Wharton, Harvard, Columbia, and NYU to name a few, so you'll want to do your best!
Before every interview, you should do the following,
(1) Do a LinkedIn search on your interviewer(s), if you know who they are
(2) Research about the company's history, core values, mission, and culture
(3) Research the company on glassdoor.com to see what employees are saying
(4) Prepare your PAR/STAR stories that highlight your talents in various situations that you've experienced
When you finish your interview, be sure to send a "thank you" note or email to your interviewer(s) the next day.
Build Your Professional Brand
Research shows that 85% of jobs are filled through networking. One of the core skills you'll want to develop is the ability to network. Take the basic skills of marketing and sell your product, yourself! You don't need to be a social butterfly to achieve this! If you see someone eating alone, go and join them! If you get invited to happy hour, go for a bit and interact with your co-workers! Every new person you connect with will open doors for you and your career!