Will you be among the many young adults and college students looking for a job or internship this summer? Are you a high school or college graduate looking to enter the work force? Applying and interviewing for the job you want can be a stressful experience. What can you do to make the best first impression on a potential new employer?
Two key factors in getting the job you want are preparation and presentation. Let’s begin with the application. The application is the first glimpse that the employer will have of you. Be sure to read all the job qualifications and requirements for the position you are applying for. Fill out the application as neatly and completely as possible. It is highly recommended to submit a typed resume in addition to the application. You can even find help on the different formats of resume writing online. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, your resume should focus on academic accomplishments, participation in clubs or sports, and any community or volunteer work done. Attach copies of any academic awards or certificates for training that you have received. Answer all the questions, and remember to save lengthy explanations for the interview.
The interview is your opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best person for the job. Dress neatly and appropriately. Give examples of how you’ve used the required skills at your previous job or activities and explain prior work experiences in detail. Be confident and truthful in your answers. Some companies may need proof that you possess the required skills necessary to do the job. They may ask you to take a basic skills test. Don’t panic. Most all employers will be impressed by a well-groomed applicant who demonstrates thorough preparation and a confident presentation.