Career Chat Fridays Update
The next MMI Career Chat Friday is set for March 6th, Building B at 1pm. MMI Instructor Rob Howard will be in to discuss the openings at Gearbox – he has an in there so be sure to come and hear the inside scoop! There will also be time to work on resumes, cover letters and demo reels until 4pm. Faculty and Career Services staff will be available and on hand to help! If you missed last week's introduction to Career Chat Fridays, click HERE! Update from 2/27: While no employer was in to speak we still had plenty to speak about! Attendees worked with Career Services Advisor Robert Agnew on the how and whys of researching a potential employer before you even send in your resume. If you really want to work for a specific company you need to be able to back up why – both for yourself and the employer. If you are enthusiastic about something regarding the company that will come through and will make you memorable. To know what makes you passionate about a company you have to first understand the company and that takes research. Working for a company whose mission, vision, values and product you can get behind can make an okay job a truly memorable job.
Why research When in the interview process it’s all about setting yourself apart of everyone else. To even get to the interview you will need to set yourself apart even earlier – with your resume and cover letter. If you don’t research the company you won’t know what could be important to focus on. Some items to look for online where you might be able to bring synergies into your resume or cover letter are: 1. Mission – is the company’s mission something you can get behind? If you’re applying for a graphic design position with a Humane Society and don’t like animals it might not be a good fit. 2. Skills and experience – Check out the company’s career page and “read between the lines” of what’s important. If you find the same skill listed multiple times across postings – that’s a skill set and/or experience that’s valued. 3. Product – is the product the company sells something you use or something you’d be willing to use? Most companies will eventually ask you to use their product in some way. Employees are great walking ads – make sure you can be one. If you’re applying for a company that makes games – make sure you’ve been on their website and played the games. They will ask you about this in your interview and addressing it in a cover letter may just get you to that interview so you can share your review of their games. 4. Location – is the company located somewhere that’s either easy for you to get to or, in instances with several branch locations, where you’re willing to move to if need be? While this one isn’t as important depending on the job you’re applying for, you could be asked to travel and/or move. Knowing if this will apply to you ahead of time may better prepare you for future opportunities should you get the interview and get hired. 5. Connections – do you know someone who works for the company and loves it there? Checking out the website may help you identify connections. Facebook and LinkedIn are also great resources. If you know someone there ask them for their opinion of the company, the position and ask for a referral! It might just get you through the door and into that interview seat. 6. Community engagement – most companies recognize the need and want to be engaged with the community in which they do business. Most will post some of this information either on their website or various social media pages. Look and see if they are passionate about an organization that drives your heart too. You will have an immediate and heartfelt connection. If you have been to some of their sponsored events – make a quick mention in your cover letter. A simple “I was recently at the Heart ball that you sponsored and had a great time. I, too, am very active with the American Heart Association” says “I can get behind what you support”, something every employer wants their employees to do. 7. Google search – Google the company and find out if they’ve been in the news and for what. Never bring up any of the negative stories but always find a way to use the positive stories to your advantage. This may be more useful in your interview than in a cover letter and resume but do it anyway. You never know what you’ll find. Tools to help you with your research and what you’ll find there 1. Company website – company culture, mission, key leaders in the company, products, services 2. Google – what is the world saying about the company 3. LinkedIn – who do you already know who works there or who are you connected to through a 1st connection that works there 4. Facebook – how is the company interacting with their clients and/or customers and they with them 5. Twitter – another example of how a company interacts with their clients and/or customers and the – a they with them 6. Glassdoor – a great resource for what others who have interviewed with a specific company are saying, you can find out the interview questions other candidates have been asked and get advice on how to answer the tough questions Success in getting a job is multi-faceted but so many of those facets can be addressed with a little bit of research. For more information or for questions on this and anything else Career related contact firstname.lastname@example.org The next MMI Career Chat Friday is set for March 6th, Building B at 1pm. MMI Instructor Rob Howard will be in to discuss the openings at Gearbox – he has an in there so be sure to come and hear the inside scoop! There will also be time to work on resumes, cover letters and demo reels until 4pm. Faculty and Career Services staff will be available and on hand to help!