I learned that Google thinks it’s perfectly fine to wear jeans and t-shirts to interviews for positions in the company. The company culture dictates that you should be relaxed and your attire should reflect your personal level of comfort. This is contrary to what I thought I knew about appropriate dress for an interview. This essentially means a student in a suit may be have been perceived as inappropriately dressed when interviewing with Google. Yet I know of student who interviewed for Google in a suit and was extended an offer for a summer internship. He told me that he was instructed to dress in attire that he felt comfortable. The position for which he interviewed was in business to business sales.
While a conservative (not black) suit is considered ideal, companies such as Google remind us that a suit is not the only option. It is crucial that you research the companies in which you have an interest. Learn as much as you can about the company culture BEFORE you interview, because you don’t want to make the mistake of wearing a suit when jeans and a t-shirt will be just fine.
I know that sometimes it’s easy to get complacent in the roles that we choose, however I want to encourage you to consider: “If I were to lose this job today, what other positions am I capable of assuming?” An unpleasant thought I know, but one that I hope will assist you in evaluating your skills, knowledge and abilities as they relate to the demands of the job market. Are the skills, knowledge and abilities that you possess transferable to a viable position that will offer similar or greater compensation? If they are not consider pursuing opportunities for enhancing these areas.
The good new is you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to acquire new skills. Sometimes it’s as simply as reading a book or industry publications. You can volunteer your time to an organization and use your volunteerism as a platform to grow in your target areas. Check out your local library and see if there are any courses being offered and of course you can always check out the books and teach yourself something new. If you are willing and able to expend financial resources take a look at what classes are being offered at your local community college. Always consider the importance of developing yourself for the purpose of remaining a candidate of choice.
When you write a resume focus on articulating your deliverables not your personal attributes. You can be intuitive with strong business acumen but it means NOTHING if it doesn’t provide results for the employer. Demonstrate to your reader what you have DONE. If executed effectively the recruiter is more likely to arrange an interview to determine if they like how you perform your tasks based on personality. There are a lot of “nice’ people in the world yet they all do not have a work record that meets or exceeds expectations. Avoid personal attributes and stick to measurable results based on your performance. Very few areas of your resume will speak as loudly as you demonstrating how well you performed your current and past jobs.
Think in terms of semesters, not years
Four years sounds like a long time. 8 semesters sounds far more fleeting. 8 semesters give or take one or two additional semesters is the amount of time that the majority of college students have. You want to spend this time creating experiences for yourself that you can add to your resume and discuss during the job interview. There are far too many activities, clubs and programs at most schools for you to spend that time just going to class. It is your responsibility to use that time wisely. In many ways that means you will develop yourself holistically into a candidate that employers will want to hire. Dont’ waste time by thinking that you have alot of time. You will learn soon that those 8 semesters go by very quickly. Spend the time you do have getting most of your college experience. This means getting involved in ways that are meaningful.
Are you the student who ONLY attends events that targets your major? For instance, if your major isn’t in the title of the event you don’t show up or if your major isn’t mentioned in the job description you don’t apply. Unless an event or program specifically bars your attendance or participation I’d like for you to consider using every recruiting activity on your school’s campus as a way to showcase your brand and learn about the various opportunities that companies offer. Events and activities are a good way for you to practice communicating your message. The more events you attend the better you get at meeting people and expanding your personal contact network. You may also be exposed to new industries and companies and ways to utilize your major that you not have previously considered. Don’t limit your job search experience by simply focusing on events that apply to your major. Think outside of the box and expand your horizons just a bit by participating in something that doesn’t seem to relate to your area of study; you may uncover an area that becomes a new interest.