Job Search Tips from PCI’s Career Services Department
- Read the newspaper and research job search websites to find more information on companies that are hiring and information about their application process.
- Use the posted job description to tailor your resume for the position. This will mean that you will have to edit your resume to suit the position description and criteria with key words. Most companies use applicant scanning software to sift through applications. Best advice is to study the job position and mirror the key words and phrases on your resume before submitting the application.
- If you know any recruiters or managers who regularly interview prospective new employees, ask them to give you a mock interview and take their feedback on your interview style. This will improve your confidence and performance in real interview situations. First impressions are very important. Prepare and practice for the interview. Stop in PCI’s Career Services department to schedule a mock interview.
- Research the company prior to interviewing, in order to ask informed questions of your interviewer. Focus on questions that are appropriate to the position you are considering. Have an honest, automatic response to the interviewer’s. Practice with a friend or a member of the Career Services team at the school.
- Hiring managers prefer to hire those who come recommended by their employees. Ask friends and family members if their employers are hiring.
- Before you offer someone’s name as a reference, make sure you have that person’s permission.
If you want the job, be sure to ask for it at the end of the interview.
- After each interview, send a thank you letter and remember to follow up. Be persistent. Persistence shows the hiring manager that you really want the job.