Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Prepare yourself

Here is the second installment of information you need to know to get your first job. This information was compiled by officials at the St. Louis Post Dispatch and was presented at the fall National College Media convention in St. Louis.

The Three Rs:
  1. Research
  2. Relevant
  3. Resilience
  • Rehearse at home what you plan to say in an interview
  • Be prepared with specific examples to questions you think you will be asked
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Sell your accomplishments
  • Be authentic
  • Let who you are shine through

The Resume

  • Think of your resume as a promotional piece for you as a "brand"
  • Highlight your skills and tie them to the position available
  • Send a simple cover letter that clearly states the position to which you are applying. Do not send a form letter
  • Prove you are organized, diligent and capable:
  1. Avoid typos
  2. Write simply - a one-page letter. Make it succinct and organized.
  3. Be professional. Avoid cute paper, stickers or clip art
  4. Show how your letter and resume are related to the position
  5. Use simple fonts and standard margins for electronic letters and resumes. E-mail it to yourself to test how it looks
  6. Cover letters should include courtesy titles (Mr./Mrs./Ms. plus first and last name)

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