It may come as a surprise to many that the main goal of a college student isn’t to party every night and do all of the things they couldn’t do while living at home with their parents. Somewhere in between all of the fun and games, college offers help towards something known as a career. Yes that’s right, college helps students choose a career path to follow.
And, while college may try to prepare students for the application and interview process, there is only so much they can tell students. Why is this? Depending on the profession, the application process can be tedious and long-winded or short and sweet.
This is where recruiters need to step in. As a recruiter, it is essential to facilitate the application process for candidates. College can only prepare students so much. If recruiters can make the application easy-to-complete while still collecting all of a candidate's special accomplishments and talents, I think they will find an increase in the number of applicants to choose from.
While recruiters facilitate the process, it is also important for applicants to do their part. As I go into my final year as an undergraduate at Monmouth University, I have learned to go outside “the norm” and be creative with the resources that are available to me. Here are three fast and easy tips I have used to help me with the application and interview process – they even helped me get my internship here at iCIMS.
- Say CHEESE! This is my number one tip for success in applying for a job and landing it. Believe it or not, there are people that are willing to help you with your application process. Let’s be honest - when was the last time you just sat back, took a deep breath, and smiled? As you try to balance the stress in your life, attempting to find a summer internship or job may seem impossible to accomplish. I am here to say that with a positive mindset and a plan, getting a summer internship will be no problem. As Albert Einstein once said, “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
- Network…Network...Oh and…Network! I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” There are people willing to help college students face their everyday challenges like applying for jobs. Don’t be afraid to open up and create new relationships with people that could potentially help you in the future. Strike up a conversation with someone you never spoke to before. It could lead to a whole new world of opportunities, and you might make a new friend as well!
- Be a work of art! Michelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel overnight! Understanding the concept of professionalism and what it takes to be perfect for the job is key. This means, be the part. Be on time for everything, keep that beast on your face you call a beard tamed, dress appropriately, and most importantly be personable. Walk into that interview with your head held high, shoulders back, and look as confident as possible. Sell yourself and what you have written on your application.