Nailing the Résumé
First impressions are very important. On average, employers spend less than a minute doing a first review of résumés, so it’s vitally important that your résumé communicate your qualifications clearly and quickly. A cover letter is an opportunity to go beyond what’s written on your résumé and provide some additional information on your strongest qualifications. Employers often use cover letters as unofficial writing samples, so you want to be sure to craft a well-written letter that is specifically targeted to each job.
Find more help with your résumé and cover letter here.
Using Bridge to Find a Job
STEM and Career Fairs
Thursday, September 24, 2015
9am to 3pm in the WSC Ballroom
Thursday, February 11, 2016
9am to 3pm in the WSC Ballroom
Click here for more information
(the student entrance will be on the NORTHEAST corner of the Garden Court)
Preparing for the Interview
The purpose of an interview is not only to assess your qualifications but to also find out if you’re a good fit for the organization’s culture, so when preparing for an interview you need to think not only about what you’re going to say but also about what you will communicate with your attitude, dress, timeliness, etc. Prepare for an interview by articulating your key qualifications for the job, researching the company, and most of all practicing! You can practice by scheduling a mock interview with a peer mentor or by using BYU Bridge to do a video mock interview.
Find more help with interviewing here.
Although networking can sound like a scary or intimidating concept, in reality it’s just talking to people about their work and interests. Networking is one of the most effective ways to find new opportunities, but it’s important that you start making connections before you need a job. BYU has a number of resources that you can use to make connections with employers and alumni; take advantage of these resources to learn about career paths, get feedback on your résumé and cover letter, ask about salaries, get insight into a company, and more.
Find more help with networking here.
When it comes to negotiating salaries and job offers, preparation is key. You need to know the market value of the position(s) to which you apply. The best way to find this information is to talk to people who are already working in your field; there are also a number of websites (e.g. Glassdoor.com, Salary.com) that can provide useful information. Although you shouldn’t be the one to first bring up salary or benefits, you should be prepared to talk about these subjects in your very first interview. Be aware that a job offer includes much more than salary.
You’ll want to find out what medical and retirement benefits the company offers. Once an offer is extended to you, you can ask about leave time, relocation expenses, bonuses, and many other perks that a company may offer. Once an offer has been agreed upon verbally, it’s a good idea to ask for a copy of your offer in writing.
Find more help with negotiating salaries and job offers here.
Where do people in your major find jobs?
There are plenty of helpful links out there that are organized by major to help make finding a job easy.
STEM careers are in high demand; all you have to do is go out there and find them.