Dear ambitious reader,
I am an intern.
Now I am sure you are asking yourself right now,”Who are you and what do you want?” Well, my name is Andrew Frawley and I’ve been tasked with informing driven job seekers on some of the unique and also fairly simple things you can do to make yourself stand out. And I swear, these things may sound cliche but they actually work.
For me, I wanted an internship at Snagajob from the start, and as the saying goes, “If you know what you want, half the battle is won“ so in theory half of my battle was won, which is a bold statement. However, looking back, it really was half the battle. The quote may seem far fetched, but if you don’t know where you are going or what you want, you are most certainly going to get lost. Now I understand that sometimes you just need a job and I have been there. But you must find a direction or an interest.
You have an interest, now what? Well find a job you want and apply. It starts with action. Go for quality not quantity. For every single position you apply for, there will always be at least one individual that will be submitting a quality application making themselves stand out. Do you promise to try and stand out? Good. Let’s start with the first step.
How to make a quality application:
1. Tailor your responses with the brand’s personality and name (show the effort you made, specifically for them).
2. No typos (this is the simple stuff that really matters).
3. Experience is good. Relevant experience is great.
Now that you submitted a few stellar applications and have an interview, here’s what to do next.
Interview prep that will significantly increase your chances of getting hired:
1. Research the company and prepare to elaborate on how specific traits of yours match with the company mission.
2. Drive the route to the interview location the day before to understand traffic patterns (a good excuse for being late is still an excuse).
3. Make a portfolio, if you have certificates, references, anything relevant, slap on a cover page and bring it along. (Yes, it can be that easy.)
Now the list of interview prep could go on and on, but that’s for another day and another article. Perhaps read these tips from some of Snagajob’s top job coaches if you are interested in even more greatly increasing your chances of getting hired.
What should you do next?
Well I followed-up with a warm, friendly thank you email, and you should too. Discuss a topic of conversation from your interview and send it within a few days to anyone who interviewed you . These are the little things. These are the things companies are looking for. This is what makes you stand out. And you did promise to stand out.
Use these tips, use other Snagajob tips (we have a lot), use career services in your community. Whatever it takes. You’ve got this.