As recruitment season is in full swing, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind so you can set your best foot forward.
First Impressions matter! Watch your body language. Stand up straight, make eye contact, and show genuine interest. Do not ask scripted questions and then look around the room as the recruiter is answering your question. Be mindful that they are taking the time out of their day to speak with you so do not make them feel like you are wasting their time. Do your research! Be prepared with thoughtful questions– a good rule of thumb is that if you can get the answer via a quick Google search, don’t ask it.
Networking is a term that gets thrown around Babson all the time but what are some actual good practices? First of all, do not reach out to every single person. If you reach out to every single person with the same exact message, they will most likely know. Recruiters talk. When it comes to networking, it is definitely quality over quantity. Reach out to those you had a genuine connection and build upon them. The most valuable thing you can get out of networking is a mentor or someone who will advocate for you.
When it comes to your resume, make sure it is easy to follow. Say what you want to say as concise and easy to understand as possible. Have numbers or tangible results in your resume. Avoid bullet points that sound like the job description– talk more about how you contributed and made an impact. Put your LinkedIn/website on your resume so people can find more information if need be. If there is a gap on your resume, be sure to talk about it on your LinkedIn or another medium to make it clear why there was a gap and what you did during that gap. For example, if you did not do an internship one summer and instead traveled to 5 different countries, write a blog about why you chose to do so and what you learned during your travels. The important thing is, you don’t want to leave the recruiter with questions.
Recruiting can be stressful but just be confident in your abilities and know your story. Good luck!