Aah November… It brings all the excitement of fireworks, application forms and careers fairs. Well over 1000 of you came down to our last one (not strictly November, but close enough) so there must be something a little bit exciting about it. We’re aware the Law School ran another one for all you budding lawyers. We’ve collected a couple of wigs that must have fallen off as you all went rushing over.
But looking to the future, you’ll end up heading to plenty more of these events. Jobs aren’t that easy to come by. So how are you supposed to make the most of these events?
It’s about what you know.
It’s also about who you know.
More accurately, it’s all about what you know about who you want to know, and what that person thinks about you.
Bit of a mouthful.
If you are walking into a careers fair with every intention of entering your chosen field, you should be swotting up on who is going to be present and what sort of service they seek to offer. You are going in there to meet your potential employers – to make good impressions.
The same applies to emails too though. Make sure you know what you’re doing and you know who you’re talking to. Remember, this is more than likely the first impression this particular person from this particular company has of you. With this in mind, don’t do this:
Dear Mr. Almighty,
My name is Reilly Desperate and i am about too finish my degree in Business at Uni. I really like your company because i’m really good at English and i no this is what publishers do. I have good attention to detail and i am a very committed person.
Please find attached a copy of my CV.
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Thank you for your interest in our company.
A crucial aspect of our work includes e-mail communication with our clients, and this requires attention to detail and a professional approach.
For this reason I have difficulty progressing your application beyond your first message because of its frequent and careless lack of capitalisation and its poor grammar.
I would imagine that you are a very bright individual. Your time at University proves this. However, you should remember that your message is the only evidence I have of you. I am passing you this advice in the hope that it may help you when you apply for jobs elsewhere.
Good luck for the future,
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Dear Mr. Almighty,
I worked very hard to get to my level and my spelling and grammer has nothing to do with how clever i am. My grammer can be improved, you’re bad manners cannot.
Please take me off you’re system. I would not like to work for you any more.
This is based on a true story from a University in the South. Approach companies professionally, whether in person or in writing.
Don’t just tell them you’re interested in their sector.
Tell them why you’re interested in THEM.
And be warm. Representatives are people too, and people remember other people that they like. They also like to help out the people that they like.