1. Application Deadlines are NOT the Same as School Deadlines.
So you're a perfectionist and want to wait to the verrryyyy last second to do some major touch ups on your resume and cover letter? Not going to fly in the real world, honey. Job recruiters do not want to wait until all apps are turned in to start shuffling through all the yes's or no's. Hiring isn't easy, nor is it fair. Once a company comes across someone who seems like a good fit, they will start interviewing. So do not wait, GO!
2. BUT Research Makes Perfect!
With that being said, don't be the applicant that knows nothing about the company they are applying to be a part of. NO ONE LIKES THAT GUY. Don't be that guy.
3. Cover Letter + Resume isn't going to Cut It.
The bare minimum isn't going to cut it in the real world. USE YOUR CONNECTIONS. AKA: Network, network, network!!! Email the job coordinator personally and bring up a person you two have in common. Word of mouth is more personal and will make you stand out and shine.
4. Do Not List EVERYONE You both Know.
This is overkill! Just mention one person in the initial email to get your foot in the door! You can bring others who are relevant up when you land your first interview!
5. Getting Rejected is Part of the Game.
It happens to everyone. Don't put up a job as "the one" in you're head! You must prepare yourself for disappointment because it happens to the best of us. Keep your head held high and keep trucking along. No one likes a sore loser!
6. Companies Don't Hire People.
PEOPLE HIRE PEOPLE (one more time for the people in the back, please). This is probably the most powerful lesson to learn in job hunting. You can make your resume and cover letter perfect and get to the interview and not being able to speak like a relatable human. Once in the interview, SHARE YOUR DREAMS WITH OTHERS (be vulnerable and honest), people will be more willing to help you achieve them.
7. Mentors are Always a good Idea.
The interview process is a scary and often pretty isolating experience. Reach out to a seasoned pro for help. It will amaze you how much people want to help. You just have to be willing to ask.
8. Keep your Spirit High and Positive.
This is a no brainer, employers can catch the vibes you're throwing. Even if this job wasn't your number one choice. You HAVE to come across like it is. Be excited for the opportunities that are right in front of you.
9. Ask Questions.
At the end of the interview, ask 3-4 questions. This will make it seem like your'e interesting and excited for the position. Also, this is a time for you to see if this job is a fit FOR YOU. Be selfish and honest with yourself too throughout this process.
10. Thank Them.
Thank them for their time. Also write a follow-up email thanking them, even if it isn't a great fit for you, it is a truly nice thing to do.
11. No Dream is TOO BIG.
You may think you could never land a job as big as the one you're applying for. But it is important to believe in yourself and your abilities. If you have the heart, passion, and drive, nothing can stop you. Employers only have a short amount of time with you to learn what you're all about, be present and be able to talk yourself up in a way that relates to them.