By Dominique Rodgers Monster Contributing Writer All good things must come to an end and that includes good — or even great — jobs. When they do, it’s better that the end comes on your terms because you’ve found something better and are making an active choice to move on, rather than because you were […]
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In most cases, experts say a year to ensure you get the most out of the experience. Catherine Conlan Monster Writer Contributor Your first “real” job—the one that goes beyond just a summer gig or an internship—can feel like the foundation of the rest of your career. First jobs are great for learning about what […]
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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire No one has it easier than you do, they’ve just learned how to navigate through the tough situations to see the calm waters. Everyone has storms; steer through them.
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Building a professional and strong resume is your first chance to stand out among the other applicants. The document should be concise and to the point while offering important details about your experience and specialized skills. The cover letter is your chance to show more individuality. It can be more unconventional than the resume to grab attention, but it is still a proper introduction.
Once you've landed the interview, research the company and educate yourself on its main goals and achievements. Know a little bit about the industry and be able to speak about it in conversation. Know the company that you are interviewing for and make sure your goals align with theirs.
Be ready to represent the best version of yourself to your potential employers. This includes practicing and perfecting eye contact, body language, voice inflection and even keeping those nervous habits under control. Dress the part and present yourself as the best candidate for the job.
The interview is a chance to make sure you are a fit for the company AND that the company is a fit for you. Prepare 10-15 questions to ask after your interviewer has finished their line of questioning. It's then your turn to delve into the company and find out if you can see yourself working as a part of their team. Make your questions thoughtful and interesting, and watch the positive impression it makes on your interviewer.
After you finish a strong and successful interview, always follow up that same day with an email thanking your interviewer for their time and consideration. This is a kind way to acknowledge the value of their time, but also another way to keep them thinking about you.
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