Last Friday, Jobs2Careers hosted a recruitment event in the lobby of the Computer Science building at The University of Texas at Austin. During the event, students entered to win an iPad Mini by telling us their best piece of job search advice.
Networking was by far the biggest winner, with over 12% of the total submissions. Other “usual suspects” included creating a solid resume, dressing appropriately for interviews, never giving up and having plenty of confidence.
But the job search advice didn’t stop there – UT students had plenty more to say about cover letters, company research and taking risks (specifically in Montana)…
Interview Prep:“Go to Career Services and do practice interviews.” – David
Resumes, Cover Letters & Social Media:“Cover letters should not be generic; Show you’re enthusiastic about the company [to which] you’re applying.” – Nathan
“Use keywords, like java, php, big data, in your resume to emphasize your interests.” – Donna
Finding a Mutual Match:“Look for jobs with co-workers/bosses you can get along with.” – Nathan
“I think that it is important to research a company’s culture, so that you apply to places that you would feel comfortable working.” – Briana
Networking:“Start networking early on! Use family, friends and people who know other people in your field.” – Cari
“Go to recruitment events – even if you don’t get any leads, it’s a good experience.” – Jasmine
Funny, but true:“Don’t lie! You’ll get fired.” – Jack
“Don’t wear pj’s to your interview.” – Colten“Don’t be afraid to try new things. If there’s a cool job in Montana, it might be good to take a risk.” – Ilse
After hosting the event, we at Jobs2Careers have some final words of job search wisdom to pass along to students everywhere:
- Complete all fields on your applications. Leaving something blank does not show the employer you’re detail-oriented, motivated or eager for the position.
- Use your best handwriting whenever you’re communicating with a potential employer. If we can’t read your name, phone number or email address, we can’t (or simply won’t) contact you for the position, regardless of how well you meet the requirements.
- Internships = Experience. We know unpaid internships are less than ideal (especially when you have rent, books and meals to pay for!), but we also know that the majority of today’s CEOs didn’t get to where they are now without a little “working for free.” After all, even Steve Jobs was an intern. So, definitely don’t tell a potential employer that you’re “sick of working for free,” because:
b. Experience is invaluable – especially in a poor job market.
Be sure to check out our event photo album to see if you can spot yourself!We’ll be back on
Thursday, February 27 from 6:00-10:00pm for our
You don’t want to miss out!