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Virginia Said,
September 19th, 2013 @10:48 am  

You don’t have to wait till you graduate in order to get a job. You can start looking for a job now. Check out USAjobs.com and Monster.com to see what kinds of online job search resources you can find. Check into Linkdin to see how you can get a business-type profile for job search.

Talk to the student services department at your school and see if they can direct you to an office that helps students learn to write resumes and do successful interviews.

I like this book, too: The Complete Idiot’s Guide tothe Perfect Resume http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Idiots-Perfect-Resume-Edition/dp/0028633946
Don’t worry, it doesn’t talk down to you; it just breaks things up into parts and cheers you on.

The job you get will not necessarily be the one you trained for. It might go down a completely different path. And this is alright. When an opportunity comes up that isn’t quite what you expected, weigh it for its strengths as well as its weaknesses. It might be that you will find your way through an unexpected path.

Many people work while they are in school, too, so they can pay their own tuition and books. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last. And there is an advantage there, too. It builds your resume. It tells employers you are ready to work because you’ve already done some work. And check at the school, too, both where you are now and at the University to see if you can get a job there using what you have already trained for.

This also gets some job hunting under your belt, too.

When you go to an interview, go with the determination that you will get a job. You can work out the logistics once you land it, but it is very important that the prospective employer know that you really want the job. When I heard some people would interview just to get the experience of interviewing, my job dropped in unbelief! Always go after the job. Always let the employer know you are ready to take it.

Interviewers themselves are put on the spot and might not have in mind what he needs in an employee. For this, I recommend the book, Powerpoint 2000: I didn’t know you could do that!
It doesn’t matter what the version is. What matters is it has a section on how to give a presentation. It’s very enlightening.

Instead of using Powerpoint for your interview, use your resume like slides. Have several resumes ready if he can’t get yours in front of himself easily. Keep a copy yourself and use it as notes to give a presentation on what you have done and show him what you have the potential to do for him.

That’s a lot, I know, but I think highly of these resources. You might find others along the way. And those certifications will help you, too. You might even write those down as “Certifications Pending” or something. Get advice on how to word it.

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