Are you actually ready to apply?

It’s not a secret that I adore my job with everything in me. I’ve only gone on and on about it since I started here almost a year ago. One of the best parts about working here? When I graduated I didn’t have to worry about applying for jobs (lol.)

So now that graduation season has come and gone, I’ve been reviewing a lot of grad’s resumes and I wanted to go ahead and give some advice. What should you do before you send out your application?

  1. Review your resume with a professional in your field (whether it’s a professor you’re close with or a connection you’ve made on LinkedIn.) – Look over it to remove typos, grammatical errors, and unnecessary verbiage.
  2. Set up a personal and professional greeting on your cell phone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called people just to hear a voicemail that totally turned me off from the candidate. On top of that, a personal greeting assures the recruiter that they’re calling the right person and they’re more apt to leave a message.
  3. Clear your voicemail. As a recruiter, one of the most annoying parts of my job is when I get someone’s voicemail and I have no way of leaving a professional message because the voicemail is full.
  4. Create a personal e-mail. I don’t want to know you’re a “pitchaprincess” (admittedly, this was my aim screen name when I was in middle school.) and I definitely don’t want to see an e-mail that entails your guilty pleasures with a combination of numbers that make me uncomfortable about your morality.
  5. Check to make sure the number you have listed on your resume is updated and accurate – this should be self explanatory.
  6. Be prepared to answer the phone every time it rings with energy and professionalism when you’re unsure of the number that’s calling. I can’t tell you how much of a turn off it is when a candidate answers the phone saying, “what.” or “yes?” or even an annoyed “hello?” – first impressions are still a thing over the phone!

Those are really the only major tips I have at the moment, but if you have any others that you want to add or share with me please comment or send me an e-mail! See you guys next Wednesday 😉

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