Dear University Students,
I’m in the midst of a campus recruitment drive with my employer, and I find that some of these up and coming students could use a little help. They are all very smart, but their problem lies with real-world job hunting experience.
So here are some tips on campus recruitment and finding a job after university:
- I appreciate that you invested the time and money to get your Master’s, unfortunately in most fields, a Master’s Degree does not equal 5-7 years of job experience. Don’t get huffy; you’ll thank me when you don’t blow up an oil refinery.
- Please treat every meeting with a potential employer like an interview, whether it’s a career fair, pizza party or orientation meeting. Dress for success.
- Show up on time for your interview. If you can’t, notify them immediately. I will make every effort to work with your schedule, but saying you got lost on your own campus is not an acceptable excuse.
- Make sure you have a copy of your resume and transcripts at the interview. It shows preparedness and that you give a damn if the interviewers know your relevant info.
- ALWAYS INTERVIEW. Even if you’ve accepted another position. Interviewing with other companies benefits you in several ways. You can tell if your current offer is mediocre or super-awesome. You might find an even better career fit. You can take into account benefits and other non-monetary compensations. YOU GET EXPERIENCE, which is something most students are lacking. Considering you are likely still in school, so additional interviews cost you little more than your time, this is a good investment of it.