Getting a job in a college town can be hard when hundreds of students are here. There are a few key points to keep in mind when trying to get a job that will put you a step above other applicants:
Know Your Stuff
When you apply for a position, make sure you know about the company and the job you’re applying for. When you go to meet with the employer and you have this knowledge, it will show them that you’re serious about the job and that you really want it, according to monster.com.
Don’t Hide Behind Your Application
After you’ve applied make sure you call a few days later to follow up on the status of your application. After you’ve done this, try going in a few days later and asking to speak with a manager. This will show your persistence and willingness to do what it takes to at least receive an interview, according to monster.com.
When you go in to speak with the manager make sure you bring your résumé and cover letter (if applicable) and ID. You never know if they might decide to interview you on the spot and if you are prepared, it shows the employer how organized you are, according to monster.com
Don’t Over Exaggerate
Above all things, do not over exaggerate your qualifications for a position or imply you’ve had experience in the field you’re applying for. In entry level positions, even if someone has more experience, but they don’t meet the other criteria the employer is looking for (being prepared, having knowledge, great interpersonal skills, etc.) they will look past that for the person who has those other qualifications. Employers offer training, keep that in mind, according to knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu
Everything boils down to a great interview. If you’re persistent, prepare, and honest, you have a great chance at landing the job. Other skills you have just might be what that company is looking for, so ensure that you highlight your qualifications and things you’ve done well at in the past.