How College Grads Can Set Themselves Apart

With the current job market it has become even more of a competitive race for employment positions. For recent college grads, the goal of finding a  full-time job may seem imperative, yet lofty. Now, more than ever, it is vital to find ways that allow your skills and personality to shine through when interviewing. Here are several tips that will help you stand out from the crowd:

-The interview starts before the formal sit down- Administrative assistants are often very good judge’s of character having to deal with many people throughout the day. They also most likely have a good relationship with their boss (and your potential boss). Make sure to be polite and friendly over the phone and in person, these “secretaries” could make or break you.

- Customize your cover letter- These days it’s very easy to use a general template for writing an organized cover letter, but don’t take easy way out. An effective application needs to include an opening piece that both touches on what the company is looking for, and how your skills and past experience can work for them. Customize each letter to showcase the expertise you hold in these areas, that will benefit the organization.

-Let your personality shine- Yes, job interviews are a formal setting, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to get a feel of what kind of person you are. Make a lasting impression by remaining poised, confident, honestly enthusiastic, and showing the interviewer that you would fit in well with the atmosphere of the company. Make the interviewer see you as someone they would want to be around.

- Leave your mark- When exiting the interview, remember to reiterate your passion for the position, and thank them graciously for their time. Make sure you follow up two to three days after your meeting by sending them a hand written thank you note recounting your strengths and how they match the position. End the note by again stating your sincere interest in the job and your confidence in doing it well.

Because almost all potential employers have been coached in performing interviews well, it will prove to be the little things that set you apart from the pack. Be sure to genuinely connect with those you interact with at the company, and radiate positivity and professionalism that will leave a lasting impression.

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