Job Search Tips

What are your best job search tips?

  • If you find out about a job, reach out to people in the company and go learn more about them and the position. Putting a face to a name is the best way to get people to think about you— for now and in the future.
  • Applying online is only one way to learn about open jobs. Find others ways of getting information on who is hiring.
  • Searching for a job is a full time job. Think about how you are spending your time and what you are accomplishing to reach your goal of landing the position you want.
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Tyler Roush Technical Recruiter Aerotek

  • One piece of advice I give people is to always be yourself during an interview. Would you really want to be hired because you were someone else? Of course, then you have to BE that person while working there as well.
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Tim Rinaker Market Manager-Seattle CampusPoint

  • Before you start your job search, make sure that not only your resume is polished and ready but that you are fully prepared as well to make the best impression. This includes having a professional email address and voice mail message. Using your school email address works-- just pay attention to when it expires after you graduate. When a potential employer leaves you a voicemail, always call back promptly and be prepared to talk about the position. When it comes to thanking an interviewer for talking with you, time is of the essence. A professionally written email is perfectly acceptable and will arrive more quickly than a card sent in the mail. If you prefer a hand written note, consider having a few thank you cards on hand during your interview. You can write a quick personal note after your interview and leave it at the front desk on your way out.
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Emily Bomar Campus Programs Manager CampusPoint

  • My two best tips for job searching would be:
    • Don't let the minimum requirements stop you from applying to something you're really interested in!
    • Get personal – talk with the Recruiters or visitors in your classes to establish a relationship and make an impression!
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Kylah Searing Sr. Manager Online Systems Clearwire

What skills do students need to cultivate while in college to make them a strong candidate for a job in this tight economy?

  • It is important to cultivate the ability to market yourself and your talents when applying for a job. This focus is especially important when there are fewer jobs available because employers will have a vast pool of candidates to select from. You need to make sure that you stand out!
  • Ensure that your resume accurately highlights your experience and skills.
  • Use mock interviews to practice presenting yourself professionally and confidently.
  • Research the companies you are applying to and the jobs you're interested in.
  • Finally, relate your skills to the company's values and the job's tasks. A good first impression and relatable expertise will help you stand out from the crowd and receive a job offer.

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What would make WWU students more successful in your recruiting process?

  • Be sure to prepare before a career fair. Recruiters will be happy to tell anyone about their company and opportunities available, but students that put in time to research the jobs/internships we are hiring for are impressive.
  • If you talk with an employer at a career fair or other recruiting event and were interested in what they had to offer, follow up whether you call, email or send a card. It's a great way to keep your name top of mind and reminds us you are interested.
  • Have questions in mind to ask an employer you are interviewing with. It not only shows you have done research on the company and the position, but that you are actually interested in the opportunity offered.

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What skills do you look for when you interview someone for a job?

  • As you enter management positions, leadership abilities are the key. It's not what you can do as an individual but what you can inspire and engage a team to accomplish, so I look for individuals who can share those types of experiences.
  • Do your research to find a company and a culture that you can align yourself with and don't be persuaded by a title or salary alone. Great companies will develop your talents and help find the right path to titles and salaries but a bad culture won't last long.
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Mary Goldy Campus Recruiter Target

Interviewing Tips from Larson Gross PLLC

  • Come prepared. Spend time researching the firm and developing questions to answers that are critical to your decision-making.
  • Don't forget that a follow-up thank-you note is both a professional courtesy and a demonstration of interest and enthusiasm in the opportunity.
Candace Davis, Larson Gross PLLC

Candace Davis Larson Gross PLLC

What tips do you have for students as they begin the interview process? It is important to limit where you send your applications. Applying to too many companies shows you don't have a job focus. But at the same time, don't limit yourself to one company. Be very selective of who you want to interview with, as it says something about your career goals.

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Christie Streit, CPA Senior Manager Clark Nuber P.S.

How should a student prepare for an interview? I would encourage students to attend the resume workshops and learn interview techniques before they come to the actual interview. For accounting students especially, get involved with local clubs like Beta Alpha Psi that provide mock interview practice. You can never over-practice.

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Leslie Hurt Senior Clark Nuber P.S.

What tips do you have for college freshmen? Get started as soon as possible - it's always good to get your name out there!

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Eric Staab Area Leader Buckle

What are some skills/personality traits students interested in international careers should have? Prospective students interested in an international job or internship should be flexible, confident, adventurous, independent, and patient, have an interest in other cultures and be okay with a lack of structure. Susan Anderson Career Counselor

What are the skills districts look for in a successful teacher? There are several skills that districts look for and it varies district to district. Behavior management system is one aspect that many districts are focusing on. They want to know what system you would use and how it has been effective for you in the past. Districts also want to know what experience you have with special populations and any multicultural experience. Be sure to highlight any language experience you may have, you don't need to be fluent, but include whatever experience you have. It is a way to show a district that you have had an experience being in the non-dominant population and you know what that feels like. Karen Powell Coordinator for Job Search Services