Think back to when you were just starting out as a professional or even more recently. What was the best career advice you’ve been given? I was fortunate enough to attend a 4-year-college committed to professional education. The professors weren’t just concerned about making sure we knew the material, they wanted to ensure we were ready for the real world.
Part of the success you need in the real world is the knowledge it takes to get a job. It’s particularly difficult when you are first starting out and have next to nothing on your resume. Some of the best pieces of advice I received are as follows:
- Dress for the job you want. We all aren’t able to pull off the casual “Ryan Seacrest” look.
- Be prepared for somewhat unusal questions about how you handle situations and how you react under pressure. They are trying to understand what it will be like to work with you.
- Be prepared. Research the company, visit their website and any place you can find them. Nowadays they would say find their social media profiles – LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Also, be preparped to casually mention what you saw online to show you’ve done your homework.
- Bonus tip: Resume accuracy matters.