Students: Level Up Your Career Prep

It's a challenging time to be graduating. If you're not adequately prepared, the situation is even more difficult. One key preparation area is understanding common job hunting mistakes and discovering ways to overcome them. Listed below are some of the more common mistakes job seekers make. As a student starting the job search process (perhaps for the first time), you should be aware of these errors and take the necessary steps now to avoid making these career-threatening mistakes later.   If you’re struggling with one or more of these problem areas, I can help.

COMMON MISTAKES JOB SEEKERS MAKE

1. WAITING TOO LONG TO START THE JOB SEARCH PROCESS

The biggest mistake students make in their career preparation is starting too late. In my own personal experience, both as a Career Planning & Placement Officer and as a Campus Recruiter, I’ve seen countless students who realized they had put off doing any career prep work to the point where they were facing potential long-term career consequences due to procrastination. Don’t delay!  If you’re waiting because you think you have nothing of value to put on a resume, then contact me and let me help you discover the skills and experiences employers value that you’ve overlooked.

2. NEGLECTING TO UPDATE THEIR RESUME

Students' lives change quickly.  With each new semester, students take new classes, get involved in new projects, join new organizations, and – hopefully – obtain new internships and/or co-op positions. Many of these new experiences should be reflected on their resumes. Sadly, most students either 1) neglect to update their resume on a regular basis or 2) add items in a way that fail to showcase their newly-acquired knowledge, skills, or accomplishments.

This is where I can help. Not only will I craft a professional resume for you as your base resume, I will teach you how to turn newly-acquired skills into attention-grabbing items for future revisions.

"Tami was very clear about the whole resume process. I trusted her judgment completely seeing as she was very knowledgeable, experienced and helpful with each question I had. She also brought up many new thoughts, ideas, and things to keep in mind which will help me to have a successful future."

- Emma, Washtenaw Community College

3. FAILING TO SHOW EMPLOYERS HOW THEIR BACKGROUND RELATES TO THE COMPANY'S NEEDS

As a campus recruiter, I saw this time and again. The most consistent mistake students made, regardless of the position they were seeking, was not understanding the value they could bring to a potential employer or not being able to convey that value in concrete terms.

If you’re struggling to understand what value you can offer an employer, please contact me. Together we’ll review your history, discuss your career goals and find all those experiences in your past that make you an exceptional candidate.

4. NOT BEING PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW

As a recruiter, it never failed to amaze me how students could work so hard in school, have a decent resume  - all seemingly in preparation for getting a great job – and then come to the interview completely unprepared. 

Being offered an interview does not mean your work is done. On the contrary, you now need to shift into high gear to prepare for that interview. Are you familiar with behavioral interviews?  Do you know what a STAR response is? Do you have concrete examples that show recruiters what you’re capable of, rather than just telling them? If you cannot answer “yes” to every question, then you are not prepared for an interview.  But that’s okay…I can work with you. Together we’ll come up with responses that not only answer the recruiters’ questions, but also impress them with your ability to highlight the skills and experiences that are most relevant to their needs.

"Ms. Campbell was very helpful in identifying strengths and weaknesses regarding my resume and interviewing skills. I highly recommend both services. Great service for a great value."

- Dennis, 

Central Michigan University