How to Land the Job
Career and confidence counselor Rachael Bozsik imparts her wisdom to interns looking to strategize their search.
As your summer internship comes to an end and you get ready to head back to college, use this crucial time to get clear on where you grew personally, what you want to do post-graduation and your next steps of action. With a strategic plan and tangible deadlines, you will feel empowered during the job application process.
1. Create a networking Excel document
Today, the average millennial switches jobs every one to three years. A whopping 80% of those employment opportunities derive from networking so it is critical to keep your networking contacts organized. Step one: create a networking Excel document that includes your contacts' information, personalized notes about their lives (future talking points for you) and a date of when you last touched base (I recommend you touch base every 3 months). When it is time, email your contacts on the types of positions you are seeking and ask them for support in terms of other contacts, fitting companies or applications.
2. Leverage social media
At forward-thinking and collaborative workplaces, creativity is attractive. Use social media to your advantage by tweeting your dream company a blog post that showcases your content development skills. When you apply for a position, stylize a picture of yourself and tag the company on all social platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter). When our client, @colegrace, applied for a position at Sakara, she posted an Instagram photo that included the company's products and handle—it caught the attention of the HR team and, within minutes of her post, she was called for an interview.
3. Increase the effectiveness of your applications
While it varies depending on the position or company, most HR departments receive hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of resumes per job posting. At The Brand Girls, we like to say that you only completed 50% of the work by applying. Immediately following your application, we suggest you scour the internet for an HR contact (LinkedIn is a great start). Sometimes, an email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org will work. Then, write a quick six-sentence email noting the position you applied for, why you admire the company and why you feel you are a strong fit (don’t forget to re-attach your resume and cover letter!). This email will increase the odds of your resume being pulled.
4. Radiate confidence
Congrats! You are now receiving regular calls for interviews. Keep in mind that you can be extremely competent and qualified for the position, but confidence is what sways whether you get the job or not. It’s a quality that can set you apart from the other applicants. Believing in yourself gives others the ability to believe in you. Follow these strategic steps to make your brain more confidence-prone prior to an interview.
5. You got the job—now what?
It’s time to celebrate your success. Upon starting your new position, make sure you research your questions before you ask your new team. Take a deep breath, as no one expects you to know your position inside and out on your first day. If you have any remaining questions, then ask. Instead of saying “How do I put together a social media plan?,” you can say “I have done some research on how to develop a social media plan and have a few questions on the organization of it.” See the difference?
Rachael Bozsik is a millennial entrepreneur, confidence strategist and the CEO and founder of The Brand Girls, a workshop focused on helping young women shift the way they think about themselves and their professional potential.