Written by Charlie O’Neil ’94
I read a great post this morning from Fins.com talking about how to position yourself to have the best career options after graduation. The author talked to recruiters, hiring managers and career coaches and asked them to share theirbest practices. It’s definitely worth the two minute and there is clearly a central theme:
Start preparing earlier than you think you need to!
Start developing your professional network, creating your resume, conducting practice interviews, researching opportunities and 100 other things you should already be doing.
Try setting yourself some objectives around preparation.
Complete 10 mock interviews - Ask people you know to put you through the ringer in a practice interview. Friends, family & alumni would all be happy to help. Practice the tough questions.
Ask others to read your resume - Have your resume reviewed by people you trust. It’s agreat way to check for typos and you’ll get a different point of view. What makes sense to you might, might seem ridiculous to someone else.
Network - Attend at least one professional networking event each quarter. Networking is less about finding someone who can hire you and more about creating a large and diverse network of contacts who you can leverage in the future/
I totally understand that you current college existence is busy but do yourself a favor and listen to someone who’s done this before and spend time now preparing for your future.