Research shows that potential employers spend a few minutes (or even a few seconds!) looking at your resume. Considering this is often the first and sometimes only chance you get to make an impression on a potential employer, can you be certain it’s the one you actually want to make?
It’s a good idea to get a second set of eyes on your resume. Getting someone else to review your resume helps you answer two things: First, how does it look? Is it readable with plenty of white space? Is it grammatically sound? Are there no spelling errors or word choice mistakes? And two, did you accurately articulate who you are and what you can do as it relates to the job opening?
If you want someone to review your resume, join us at Resume Lab.
A second chance to make a first impression! They don’t happen often, so it’s best to be prepared. Don’t spend your time memorizing pat answers to every “typical” interview question. Spend your time considering how your experiences relate to the position and the interview question.
Think about anecdotes or stories to illustrate your answer. Liz Ryan, an expert in Human Relations and founder of the Human Workplace, calls these dragon-slaying stories. In other words, they are opportunities to show how you’re the hero (who can problem solve, think critically, work in a team and so on).
Practice your dragon-slaying stories during the Mock Interview event at Prepare for the Fair.
The time is short, but the opportunity is big. You’ve just met your long-shot-target-employer on an elevator. What are the chances? You introduce yourself as a UA student, then they say, tell me about yourself. What do you do?!
You don’t want to ramble on, listing the all bullet points on your resume or acting out a dragon-slaying story with no context. But you do want to sum up the heart of you, your goals, and how that relates to the person you’re talking to. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Yeah, it’s not.
Try answering these four questions and your elevator pitch will become second nature to you. In other words, effortless. Then you won’t have to worry about geeking out on [insert long-shot target employer] if you happen to meet them.
Are you looking to perfect your pitch? Join Caterpillar, Raytheon and others to craft and perfect your pitch.
By now, you’ve probably noticed a common theme: you!
Your resume, interviewing skills or elevator pitch will only be effective if you’ve taken the time to be the subject matter expert of yourself. Master your brand and discover your strengths before embarking in a job search process or networking with professionals.