14 Amazing Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out from the Crowd

15 08 2017

 

It’s a crowded job market and everyone is fiercely fighting for a piece of the pie. The average recruiter spends approximately six seconds reviewing every resume that crosses his desk. When you have a pile of resumes a foot high, you simply don’t have more time to give each resume.

This means that the standard, boring resume created in Microsoft Word isn’t going to cut it. In today’s competitive market, you need more than a template.

If you’re going to stand out amidst the obscene pile of resumes on a desk, you need to take serious steps. You need to get creative. To think different. To work outside the box. Maybe even to shatter the box altogether.

As it says over at CareerMine:

First impressions count, and the first impression that a potential employer will have of you is going to depend on how you present your resume. This is going to be your one and only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention, or for your resume to be tossed into the file of those they don’t want to pursue.

It’s not just about showing off your experience or education, although those things are certainly important. A great resume demonstrates the type of person you are. Your creativity. Your insight. Your willingness to think big and take bold action.

You may be thinking, I’m not going into a creative profession, so why do I need a creative resume? You need a creative resume because creativity is NOT the norm, especially in business positions. Thousands of people can follow accounting principles, but there aren’t many creative accountants (who aren’t in jail). Creativity sets you apart in the workplace.

With each resume, we’ve included a key takeaway that can be applied to any resume in any industry. You may not be an out-of-the-box thinker, but you can let these lessons push you as you create your own resume.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 14 amazing examples of resumes. These are for your inspiration,  not your duplication. They should inspire you, not intimidate you. You don’t need to copy these ideas or try to replicate them. Simply learn from them.

#1 THE HAND-DRAWN INFOGRAPHIC

This gorgeous, hand-drawn infographic from Roberta Cicerone shows off her art abilities both in print form and on the web. Combining both a whimsical sensibility with a subtle sense of self promotion, this would clearly make an impression upon even the most cold-hearted recruiter.

Key Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to put your personality into your resume, whether that’s whimsical, humorous or analytical. Even if you’re applying for a more traditional job, such as accounting, include bits of your personality so potential employers can get a feel for you.

#2 THE ENVELOPE FOLDOUT PORTFOLIO

This foldout envelope portfolio from Stefania Capellupo is absolutely breathtaking, combining a series of envelopes, classy infographics and well-designed 5×8 cards. This resume/portfolio creates a sense of mystery and intrigue as each envelope is opened.

Key Takeaway: Do everything you can to make your resume legitimately interesting and intriguing. For example, if you’re in computer programming, you could create a small program within the resume just for the recruiter.

#3 THE KID ON A MISSION

This personal branding piece by Matthew Lynch proves that he has both courage and creativity in equal proportion. Combining a series of eye-catching graphics, humorous phrases and appropriate personal information, there’s no way a design studio could not be impressed by him.

Key Takeaway: If you only have 6 seconds to catch the attention of a recruiter, using color and graphics is a great place to start. You don’t have to be a designer to use these in your resume. There are numerous templates available that include graphics.

#4 THE RESUME BOOK

This resume book shows some serious passion and serious dedication. Not only are the images gorgeous, but the fact that Paula Del Mas took the time to get a booklet printed shows that she is clearly willing to go the extra mile. This is exactly what companies are hoping to find in a resume. It’s not just about the information, it’s also about the person.

Key Takeaway: Remember, your resume isn’t just communicating facts and information. It’s communicating something about you as a person, including your work ethic.

#5 THE GQ COVER

When Sumukh Mehta decided that he wanted to work for GQ men’s magazine, he decided to take drastic action. For three weeks, the 21 year old worked diligently to produce a resume that looked exactly like an issue of the magazine. This incredibly hard work paid off, resulting in him getting a six-month paid internship at GQ.

Key Takeaway: Study the company at which you’re applying. If possible, tailor your resume just for that company. Are you applying at a marketing firm that values analytics? Shape tailor your resume to highlight your analytics skills.

#6 THE CARD SAMPLES

These cards on a ring are a perfect example of the fact that a resume doesn’t need to fit the traditional size or look. By stringing together these colorful cards, Rebecca Fisk created a resume that is both pleasing to the eye and easy to read. This particular one would certainly stick out from a stack of papers simply by its shape and size.

Key Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to break from tradition when it comes to the format or medium of your resume. For example, if applying for an accounting position, you could create a resume in the form of an annual report.

#7 THE POP-UP FOLDER

When applying for a job as a visual designer, what better way to get people’s attention than by focusing on an image of an eye? By using unique imagery and an intriguing layout, Matthew Stucky demonstrated his ability to think differently than other visual designers. Plus, who doesn’t like the excitement of opening one envelope after another? It’s like Christmas!

Key Takeaway: Consider using imagery that is appropriate for the job you’re hoping to get. Again, numerous templates are available for use in any industry.

#8 THE SPY RESUME

Stanley Cheah Yu Xuan hit it out of the ballpark with this one. By creating a resume in the style of a spy or CIA profile (even including his fingerprints!), Xuan created one of the most unique resumes out there. The fingerprints alone would be enough to get attention.

Key Takeaway: Look for ways to incorporate small, unique touches into your resume that will demonstrate who you are.

#9 THE MINIMALIST RESUME

By tastefully using a minimalist font and generous white space, Cristina Cardoso managed to create a resume that contains all the necessary information and is easy on the eyes. By having her first name only at the top of the resume in a unique font, it sets it apart from the rest of the sheet.

Key Takeaway: Consider your use of whitespace and margins. You want your resume to be easy to read. This is true no matter what job you’re applying for. You don’t want your resume to be difficult on the eyes.

#10 THE TOP SECRET REPORT

Vidar Olufsen hit upon a brilliant idea when he created his resume in the form of a top secret report from the “Agency of Consideration and Establishment for Graphic Designers.”

In his own words: A combined resume and open job application formed as a humorous “Top Secret” report, giving away information about a “newly educated and creative designer, who have settled in the city.” This is a self-promotion project that was made to display a variety of skills as a graphic designer and get attention from local design agencies after I finished my studies.

Two words: mission accomplished.

Key Takeaway: When it’s appropriate, consider stepping way outside the box. You’ll want to do some research beforehand to know if it’s appropriate given your potential employer, but it can be a great way to stand out.

#11 THE FLOWCHART

To highlight what he could add to a potential employer, Craig Baute created this unique flowchart. It tactfully suggests potential problems the company may have, then shows how Craig will solve those problems. It positions him as a problem solver and leader and demonstrates his willingness to use his skills in a variety of ways.

Key Takeaway: Your resume should demonstrate both your skillset and how those skills will serve a potential employer. This shows that you’ve researched the employer and presented how you fit well within their organization.

#12 UP IN LIGHTS

HR specialist Liz Hickok was trying to get an HR job but was having trouble getting the attention of employers. So what did she do? She used Christmas lights and the front of her house to spell out both. Not only did she get lots of well wishes on LinkedIn, she also landed 4 different interviews.

Key Takeaway: When it comes to applying for a job, consider reaching out in a variety of ways. Obviously, you don’t want to be annoying about it, but you do want to broadcast yourself as much as possible.

#13 THE STORY

Pam Bailey, a communications expert, used her expertise as a storyteller to set herself apart from the competition. By including quotes, awards, and professional achievements, she demonstrates both her knowledge of marketing and her many accomplishments.

Key Takeaway: You resume must be centered around your expertise, demonstrating the incredible value you’ll add to a potential employer. Do you have stock investment expertise? Show that on your resume.

#14 THE GOOGLE ANALYTICS REPORT

As an online marketer, Simon Fortunini wanted to show off his skills in a way that would resonate with other online marketers, so he created a resume website that looks like Google Analytics. Each section was clickable and included further information about Simon, making it both eye-catching and simple to navigate.

Key Takeaway: Create a resume in a format that will be immediately interesting and recognizable to those in your industry. For example, if you’re in HR you could create a resume in the form of a personnel report.

CONCLUSION

Obviously, each of these key takeaways must be taken with a grain of salt. Most of these resumes were used to apply for work in creative industries. Nevertheless, the overall lessons can be applied across a variety of industries.

The point is simply this: your resume needs to stand out.

In whatever ways are appropriate for your industry, your resume still needs to stand out from the crowd. Recruiters, managers and HR reps are all deluged in resumes. It can be difficult to determine who really stands out from a group.

By learning from these resumes, you have a chance to get the attention you deserve.

****For this amazing post, Campus to Career thanks Jason Clayton!!!****

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Jason Clayton (M.Ed.) is dean of career and life calling at Cornerstone University. With more than 14 years of higher education experience, Jason equips students to find and develop their unique capacities in order to meet the 21st century talent needs of employers.

You can find the original post, along with many other articles, here.





3 Steps Towards a Perfect Resume

9 05 2017

Job hunting can be extraordinarily exhausting. It can be especially taxing when you feel like you’re not getting much response. Submitting your resume to dozens of employers week after week can feel like you’re fishing without a hook. However, one of the most effective things you can do to get a bite from potential employers is to spruce up your resume and cover letter. Let’s take a look at exactly what it takes to get the sparkling resume you’ve been dreaming of.

3 steps to a perfect resume

Cover Letter

Cover letters are truly commonplace in the job-seeking world these days. As such, it’s important to make sure that yours stands out. Essentially, what you want in a cover letter is a little bit more detail about who you are, what experience you have, and why you’re a great candidate.

Since this page should go before your resume, it is a first look into what type of employee you are and what professional experience you have. As a result, it can be quite easy to go overboard and provide the recruiter with too much information or irrelevant information. To avoid this, keep a few things in mind while writing your letter.

Keep your cover letter at a page long if you can. All of your job history, schooling, and references should be included in your resume, so you don’t have to go into detail about those topics in your cover letter. This is a great opportunity to tell your employer just a little bit about yourself. You might have some hidden talents that you practice as hobbies or you might want to explain your career goals or just expand on some awesome opportunities you’ve been able to be a part of in the past. Just make sure that you keep it short, concise, and to the point. If it doesn’t have a direct correlation with the potential employer hiring you, it doesn’t need to be in your cover letter.

References & Recommendations

Asking someone to be a reference or offer their personal recommendation for you as a spectacular employee is a tricky business. However, there is definitely a right and wrong way to do it. Namely, who you choose and why you choose them. Just because your good friend will say good things about you doesn’t necessarily mean you should put them on your resume.

Try to choose a reference that has worked with you in some sort of professional capacity. Ideal candidates for this task would be previous/current managers, teachers/professors, or other professional mentors. Let’s put it this way, putting down your parents or best friend from elementary school can come across as a bit childish. There are people in your life that know you have done great things and will go on to accomplish much more. It’s okay to let someone brag about you.

In addition, you shouldn’t need too many references. A good middle ground is about three references and/or recommendations. Unless they are going to list particularly amazing accomplishments of yours, I wouldn’t go above five. That just creates more work and research for your potential employer. Lastly, choose people that don’t all know you in the same way. For example, choosing three managers from the same job is not the way to go. Choosing one teacher, one manager, and one volunteer manager would be a great setup. They will all have unique things to say about their experience with you.

Once you decide on the best people for the job, you really need to make sure you have their permission before you let people give them a call or assume that they will explicitly recommend you for a position. Get in contact with that person and ask for the recommendation based on your previous professional interaction. Keep the request short and sweet. If they get back to you in a timely manner (probably a couple of days) then they are a good reference and will be responsive when potential employers give them a call. If they don’t respond or take too long, thank them for their time and move on.

Design

There are tons of fancy templates available on the web, but don’t be coaxed by all the frills you see on the page. Remember, your potential employer is probably looking at tons of these every single day. Keeping the page as de-cluttered and sleek as possible is the best plan of action.

Stick with simple black font on a white page. Obnoxious colors and themes are sure to turn off recruiters quickly. This doesn’t mean that you have to stick to New Times Roman size 10 or anything like that. There are plenty of downloadable fonts that look crisp, but also modern instead of dated and tacky. Try out a few before you decide on just one.

Your resume is simply to list your accomplishments. Again, try to make yours look as clean as possible. If you have additional information that you think is crucial for the recruiter to read, put it in the cover letter. Try not to expand too much on job details, personal reasons for starting or leaving school or a job etc. If there is information that the potential employer is curious about, it can be discussed in the interview. Although, you should feel confident that they have all the necessary professional information right in front of them already.

Creating the perfect resume takes years of experience. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like you have to make changes from time to time. As you grow in life and professionally, so will your ability to market yourself effectively to potential employers. It’s okay to ask for help from time to time. Co-workers and mentors can usually give you some insight into what a great resume looks like. However, take pride in your own style, accomplishments, and creativity. Making your resume your own is exactly what will attract the perfect employer. Good luck!

****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Trisha Miller!!****





18 Next-Level Résumé Tips

14 03 2017

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As you prepare to leave college and head into the world of work, you’ll have one thing on your mind: landing that dream job! Those first months after graduating can be a disheartening time. You may anticipate suffering knock-back after knock-back as you gradually acclimatize to the idea that you’re going to have to settle for less until you have a bit more experience. But you can improve your chances of getting a great position, or at least a nice leaping point, by sprucing up your CV in ways that we know make recruiters pay attention.

List your achievements and experience in reverse-chronological order, so as to grab their attention quickly – many recruiters will look at a résumé for less than ten seconds before moving on if they’re not interested. If you’re graduating for the first time, you might not have much experience to share yet – but you can convey what skills you have learnt in a succinct list of bullet points under your jobs, qualifications and extracurricular activities. Tailor these to each specific job to which you apply: go through their list of requirements, and see how you can promote personal examples under your own job or course descriptions. You may need to think laterally!

You can also make an impact by including a short but unique cover letter. This is your chance to get an edge over the 45% of applicants who won’t bother, and to address the hiring manager by name – a detail which you will of course research in advance, to show what a hot property you are.

For 18 simple tips on how to tweak your CV to perfection, check out this new infographic – it’s full of ways to make that résumé stand out, even if you don’t yet have the experience you feel you need.

****Big thanks to our friends at NeoMam Studios for the graphic!!****

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7 Recruiter’s Tips for Landing Your Dream Job

13 11 2016

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In some ways, it’s a great time to be looking for work.

The labor market is really tight, and there are more unfilled positions in the U.S. than ever. But don’t be deceived. Part of the problem is that there is a skills gap. Employers aren’t filling a lot of their open roles because they can’t find the right people for them.

Here are some tips to help you understand things from the recruiter’s perspective and convince them you’ve got the skills.

  1. You’ve Got All of 6 Seconds

That’s about how long your resume gets with a recruiter. Your cover letter is a bit closer to 0. That doesn’t mean spend less time on your resume though. Recruiters are looking to see if you’ve held the right positions, for a long enough time, to confirm you have the necessary skills.

They’re also searching for signs of sloppiness, such as misspellings, typos, grammar issues.

  • Make your postions easy to scan. Bold them and put them in bullets.
  • Read and re-read your resume. Then ask at least two more people to do the same.

More solid advice on resumes and recruiters.

  1. Match Your Resume with LinkedIn

A big turnoff for a lot of recruiters is when there’s something on LinkedIn that wasn’t on your resume. It makes it look like you’re hiding something. Make sure these square up into a coherent picture of you.

  1. Get Your Interviewer’s Attention Early, and Study Up

As long as we’re talking about LinkedIn, it’s a great tool for connecting with an interviewer early on – just add them on the network. You can also use it to learn more about them, see what you have in common and look for shared connections.

  1. First Impressions Might be the Only Ones that Matter

According to at least one study, the decision to hire someone is made within the first 15 seconds of the interview, whether the interviewer knows it or not. Here’s a quick checklist that’ll help you make a solid impression.

  • Be early. The only way to make sure you’re not late for an interview is to plan on being early. Being late means you’ve made a bad first impression before they even had a chance to see you. Make it your goal to be 30 minutes early – if something goes wrong, you’ll still be ok.
  • Take a hike. Now that you’ve arrived early, throw on some headphones with music you enjoy and take a walk around the block for a few minutes. This will help calm your nerves for the interview.
  • Check yourself. Just before the interview, stop in a restroom and make sure your hair is fine, there’s nothing in your teeth, and your clothes are squared away.
  • Take a drink. Of water! Bring your own bottle of water to sip on if your throat gets dry. For whatever reason, this seems to be a problem during interviews.
  • Give a solid handshake. Don’t break any bones, but don’t give them the dead fish handshake either.
  1. How to Rock Your Job Interview

Ok, hopefully you’ve made a good impression at this point. Now you just need to bring the job interview home. A couple pieces of advice for making it great.

  • Be ready to talk about money. People that have done a lot of interviews, especially recruiters, will be comfortable asking you directly how much you’re expecting to get paid, and how much you made in your last job. Be honest and do your homework. Know what the market rate is for the position, and if you’re at the high end of the market, be ready to explain why.
  • Oh, but don’t talk about money too much. Answer their money questions, and leave it at that. You don’t want to give the impression that money is the only thing motivating you.
  • Do your research. You should know about industry trends and be prepared to give examples of the best people/products in your line of work.
  • Be prepared for the questions. There are common interview questions that get used over and over. Know them and have your answers in mind.
  • Be specific. Don’t just tell them you grew sales. Know the exact number you did it by, and make sure your numbers are accurate.
  1. Be open to negotiation

If the pay isn’t quite right, are there perks you’d be interested in? What about a 4 day work week? A flexible schedule? Work from home days? Extra vacation time?

Of course, you need to be sure you can live on the pay they give you, or the job won’t work out. But if you’ve got some wiggle room on the pay, you might be able to make up for it with some concessions that improve your overall lifestyle.

  1. Know What You Want

If you’re not quite sure about which role you want, keep that quiet. Candidates who aren’t quite sure what job they want don’t tend to stick around long. Recruiters and hiring managers know this, and if they get the sense that you’re undecided, they may pass.

Ok, I hope that gives you some intel you can use to land your next job. Be sure to go over that first impression checklist right before the interview so that you get past those crucial first seconds, and have a good chance at getting to an offer. Good luck!

****For this unique post, Campus to Career thanks Paul Peters!!****

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About: Paul Peters is content marketer and job ad writer with Betterteam. Before Betterteam he spent 6 years building an education startup, where he was was involved with many aspects of the business, including hiring and marketing. He lives in Whitefish, Montana.





CVs and Résumés: Get Them Right to Get the Job (Infographic)

24 05 2016

It’s as simple as this: without an excellent résumé, your prospects of finding employment are slim to nil. Your résumé is your first impression on a recruiter, and with so many others like you also trying to make a distinctive first impression, it will need to be particularly strong to warrant further attention from the recruiter.

In that case, it’s well worth taking the time to analyze your résumé and make sure that it is word perfect before submitting it to a recruiter. That might seem insultingly obvious, but the stark truth is that a large number of applicants fail to do this. Recruiters are constantly sent applications with glaring errors such as spelling mistakes, sloppy layout, inconsistent or even false information and buzzwords which were clearly pulled from the Internet and slapped incoherently into the résumé.

Australian payroll and contractor management company Ayers has identified the main aspects of excellent résumé writing by honing in on three categories.

Spelling/Grammar: When you’re finished writing the résumé, proofread it carefully. Ensure that you use the correct spelling for the region in which you’re applying, e.g. if you’re applying for a job in California, use the American spelling of words such as ‘labor’ and ‘aluminum’. Then proofread it again. Only use capital letters at the start of sentences or in proper nouns. When all that’s done, it’s time for another proofread. In fact, get another person to proof it for you in case you’ve missed anything.

Layout: A résumé is a professional, formal document, so use black type throughout and adopt a neutral font such as Arial or Times New Roman. The snazzy fonts and colors belong elsewhere. Ensure that your résumé is consistent in its layout and favor the use of bullet points, as this will make it easier to read than chunks of text where the recruiter is straining to determine what are the most pertinent points.

Content: This is the most important aspect of the whole lot. This is your audition for the role being advertised, so make it count. Talk yourself and your achievements up as much as you can without delving into lying territory. If the job application asked for specific skills or qualifications, address these accordingly. Support any claims you make with concrete evidence.

Follow these rules and your résumé is all the more likely to grab a recruiter’s attention. Read the infographic below for further advice.

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Why You REALLY Need to Apply Online

13 08 2013

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We’ve all heard it from recruiters all over the world.  When you meet them, whether at the career fair, networking function, or through sites like LinkedIn, they almost all have the same response:  “You’ll need to go to companyabc.com/careers to apply for the position of interest.”  I can hear the Debbie Downer “wah-wah” now.  It’s disheartening.  After all, you thought the five minutes you spent with the recruiter forged an unbreakable bound.  You’re family now, right?  Wrong.  You still need to apply online.

I had the opportunity to meet with some very smart recruiters from one of the nation’s top investment firms recently and they shared their insight with me around this subject.  Here’s what I learned:

Digital beats paper…every time.  Most still accept paper résumés, so please for the love of all that is good in the world, don’t forget to bring plenty of copies with you.  But, that’s only the first step.  Companies want you to apply to the job requisition (or “req”) so that your information can be shared with everyone relevant to the hiring process.  How much faith do you have that your paper résumé will reach the office, the sourcers, and then the hiring manager?  People lose things.  Don’t let your résumé get lost in the bottom of their bag, the heap on their desk or any of the million places in between.

PRO TIP: Does it feel like you’re sending your application off into a black hole?  Be sure to follow up with the recruiter once you’ve applied (this is why you get their business card) and ask if you need to submit anything else.  Then, give them a couple of weeks.  Follow up with a nice check-in.  Remind them who you are, how you met (ie: career fair at UCLA) and ask for next steps.  Request to connect with them on LinkedIn.

Rules and regulations.  Recruiters don’t just want you to apply online, most need you to do so in order to be compliant with OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) regulations.  That means if the company is a government contractor (you’d be surprised) they cannot legally consider you as an applicant until you complete the online process.  So, giving them your résumé isn’t enough.

The changing workforce.  With the particular company that I spoke with, recruiters were spread out across the country.  None of them actually worked at the corporate office.  If one of them received a great resume at a career fair in California (and didn’t apply online) then it’s up to the recruiter to manually share the candidate’s résumé with the other recruiters.  Sometimes this happens, but most times, the résumé gets lost in the shuffle.  Would you want to put your entire future in the hands of ONE person?  I’m not sure I would.  Applying online allows the recruiters all across the nation to view your information.  You might not be a fit for California, but could be a perfect match for a position in Florida!  That’s just one example.

Side note: If you’re an Enactus United States student or alumni, there are hundreds of jobs posted right now with Fortune 500 companies on the Enactus US Career Marketplace.  Most allow you to complete application process through our system, so it’s super-easy!  Login or register today by clicking here then upload your résumé  Need a little résumé help? Check out Résumé Builder! Just another great resource provided by Enactus Career Services. (*Available exclusively to Enactus US students and alumni.)

So, now when someone asks you kindly to apply online, you’ll know WHY and hopefully you’ll follow their advice.

Have additional insight on online applications and why they’re important?  Please weigh in by leaving a comment.  This is YOUR forum.  We can learn from each other.  As always, thanks for reading!





5 College Grad Job Search Mistakes

23 10 2012

Guest post by Charles Sipe

A job becomes the Holy Grail for fresh college graduates. Getting hired seems to be the only way of justifying the time, effort and money spent on a college degree. So why is it that some college graduates are unable to find quality jobs that their fellow classmates have? Make sure to avoid the following mistakes to optimize your opportunities in the job market.

1. Inappropriate Resume

The very first thing that you must have is a resume that truly represents your strengths as a professional who is about to step foot in the corporate world. Remember, there is no recipe for a successful resume and it all depends on what your field of education is, the country, city and organization you are applying for and other factors. In my opinion, a new college grad’s resume should never be more than a single page.

2. Not Applying Enough

It is possible for you to commit a mistake by not doing something at all. The cost of not applying at enough organizations is very high. Job vacancies are advertised, here, there and everywhere including websites, social media platforms and recruiting firms. However many jobs are never advertised and you need to develop connections to uncover this hidden job market. You can’t rely solely on job boards anymore – you have to work your network as well.

Also, not applying soon enough is a mistake. Many companies have a hiring season. Often college students are hired before they graduate. Campus recruiting enables employers to get the benefits that an early bird does – they get the best graduates even before they graduate. Once this hiring season is over, most vacancies at reputed organizations are filled. So if you consider yourself a student who can compete with the best, start applying before graduation.

TIP: Most corporations hire for their summer internships and full-time positions in the fall semester.  Don’t wait until you’re two months from summer break or graduation to start applying for positions!

3. Mistakes at the Interview

Interviewing well with potential employers is an art in itself. Experience with interviews can help you learn which qualities and actions will impress interviewers and which ones do not. Common mistakes are not arriving early to the interview and not researching the company beforehand. Make sure that you have questions prepared to demonstrate your interest.

4. Not Following Up

Following up after an interview can improve an employer’s impression of you and make you appear interested in the job. This works better at relatively smaller companies where you may connect directly with the people who interviewed you instead human resources who often lacks the authority to make a decision. Nevertheless, please follow up.  A nice thank-you note can go a long way.

5. Sitting Idle

Some fresh graduates refuse offers and wait for the ‘perfect job’ to come their way. This is a mistake because a job candidate who is already employed is far more attractive than one who is not. A candidate who is already employed can create an impression that your talents are in demand. Today, job hopping is not considered as bad as it was a decade ago, so don’t be afraid to take a position while you continue to work towards your ideal job.

About the author:

Charles Sipe is the Executive Editor for Masters in Accounting, a helpful career resource for anyone interested in getting started in the accounting field. You can follow us on Twitter at @accountingmacc