Tip #4: Build Your Portfolio
The reason why I actually got my internship (which has led to my full time job) is at my job interview I brought my portfolio to show my boss. My portfolio contained examples of projects in my InDesign and advertising classes, pieces I had written for the communication department’s newsletter, and memos I had written for classes among other things. You could include papers to give an example of your writing and editing skill or you could bring in a literary magazine/school newspaper with the article or piece you wrote for it. If you want a job more related to art or design you could bring in examples of your work. If you’re a business minor and you had a big end of the year project you can bring in the portfolio for that. Any time you bring an example of the skills or work you have done it gives your possible future employer an example of the type of work you can do and it may give you that extra edge to get the job.
Tip #5: Prep for Interviews
The more experience you have doing interviews, the more comfortable and prepared you will be for them. You can practice interviewing by having your friend practice with you, talking in front of a mirror, or going to job fairs. Job fairs are also a great place to get resume tips and to network with possible future employers.
In fact, one reason why you should join different organizations is they sometimes have events where you can network with people. For instance, I went to some PR conferences while in college and am involved in Sigma Tau Delta (the English International Honor Society) which has a yearly conference. Conferences are great places to network, have people critique your resume, and practice talking to people/interviewing. The more you throw yourself out there and gain contacts, the more likely chance you have to land yourself a job.
Here are some interview tips from the PowerPoint:
- Dress in a suit or conservative dress attire. No visible piercings or gaudy jewelry. Minimal is more
- Bring a pen and writing pad – if possible, get a professional portfolio for them.
- Practice potential interview questions before the big moment, on a friend or in front of the mirror.
- Have questions of your own to ask your interviewers, either about the company or your position. This shows engagement and interest. This means researching the company you are interviewing for.
Tip #6: Never Give Up!
If your job interview didn’t go well or you didn’t get the job then don’t let it get you down. By simply going to the interview you have gained valuable job interview experience. The more job interviews you go to, the more you get exposed to different types of questions and interview styles so in the future you can prepare for them better. After an interview you should assess what you did well and maybe some questions you could have answered a little better. If you didn’t have enough job experience, go out there and build up your resume more. Use the interview as a learning tool so the next time you go in for an interview you do it better and increase your chances of beating out the competition.
If you missed the first part of this post, you can find it here.