Students Should Prepare when Job Hunting: After a student researches and decides on a job, there are a few things they should look forward to before getting hired. Some jobs require these next steps, but not all.
Why Students Should Prepare when Job Hunting | Make sure the student is prepared for the following:
- Write a cover letter that highlights the student’s skills and talents. Then, use this cover letter to apply for jobs that match those. They can list their cover letter on websites like indeed.com or linkedin.com. They can also set up a seller’s account on fiverr.com or other freelance websites and sell services such as writing, proofreading, video editing, or website creation. For these jobs, they can ask family and friends to order so they will have something in their portfolio or they can find businesses who will let them “guest” post or edit for free. Experience matters with some jobs. The main thing is to get some type of experience if they don’t have any. Sometimes that means providing a service for free that shows they have the skills to do a certain job.
- Dress the part. When the student lands an interview, advise them not to show up disheveled and looking like they just crawled out of bed. Dress professionally. Hair neatly groomed. Clean clothes. Show them how to speak professionally and clearly. The interview is the first impression of the student’s representation. Bizfluent.com states “If your appearance is appropriate and well put together, you instantly gain credibility as someone who cares about making a good impression, and who has respect for the company and the interview process.”
Trying to find employment can be stressful and intimidating, but getting through the initial process and the interview can go smoothly. Even if they don’t get the job on the first try, writing cover letters and attending interviews will give them experience. Let’s get to job hunting.