Happy Friday COB! I hope everyone had a great week! As the semester is beginning to wind down I know many of your are still searching for jobs and internships. Today I came across a great article on the Huffington Post college blog called “11 Quick Ways to Make a Lasting Impression in the Business World”. It was posted on Thursday and was written by Danny Rubin.
In the article Rubin asks the president and chief executive officer of the American Staffing Association, Richard Wahlquist, about what students can do to set themselves apart and to land that job or internship. Wahlquist sees firsthand how selective companies are being so he offered up the 11 following tips:
1. Introduce yourself before someone else has to introduce you.
2. Ask a question based on your last conversation
3. Say “I agree,” not, “I don’t disagree.”
4. State your full name and purpose when you a business phone call
5. Bring several (at least five) printed resumes to a job interview
6. Pick a follow-up question rather than launch into a “me” answer
7. Update people on the status of your project – even if they don’t expect an update
8. In the job interview, be curious about the employer’s own career
9. “I’ll do it” – an important sentence to make you a leader
10. When a person connects you to someone else view email, offer to drop them from the chain
11. Treat every day like a “temp” situation
The competition is fierce! Set yourself apart!
I found these tips to be incredibly useful! Although there are some I have always done, there were a good amount that I had never thought about doing in a workplace environment. I think number 6. Pick a follow-up question rather than launch into a “me” answer, is very helpful for students trying to find jobs and internships. Going into an interview we think that we need to tell them as much as we can about ourselves; however, I think stronger candidates have the ability to have a conversation with the person interviewing them. This way they have the opportunity to see how you are on a normal day having a normal conversation – you will stand out from your competitors that can only talk about themselves. My favorite out of the 11 is the last one, treat every day like a “temp” situation. The article says “Prove yourself. Earn your place. And tomorrow, do it all again.” This is a invaluable piece of advice for all of us. It’s so easy to get too comfortable in the workplace and more likely than not, that comfort comes with a less than perfect work ethic. I think making an effort to impress everyone you work with everyday is the best way to showcase your potential.
I encourage all of you to read the full article here: