1. Set Your Goals
Easier said than done, we know, but hear us out. Taking the larger-than-life goal and breaking it down into mini, accomplishable bites can seem daunting, but it’s all about doing something attached to a concrete action. Get specific and take advantage of the resources around you that can take your plan to the next level. Whether it’s a professional mentorship or having a friend to keep you accountable, do your best to stay focused and on track.
2. Brush Up On Your Interview Questions
Let’s be real about it, interviews are hard. We start to sweat and overthink the timing of our smiles and uses of “Yes Ma’am”s and “Sir”s. It’s exhausting. Our secret weapon? Practice. Like it or not, practicing in front of the mirror or in a mock interview setting is an incredible way to get ideas flowing. It might seem a little corny to your roommates but trust us.
3. Research Research Research
Ah, the classic McCombs advice. It can get intimidating being surrounded by the competition at a career expo or interview session, but by researching the company you’ve set your sights on, you’re already ahead. Demonstrating genuine interest seems like a basic task, but successfully expressing it will make you stand out from the crowd of candidates. Do yourself a favor and let yourself shine!
4. Update LinkedIn
We hear it again and again for a reason: LinkedIn is important. Students have the ability to make connections that could become extremely helpful down the road. Update your stellar information frequently and get to networking because 54% of Americans already find their jobs online. In fact, staying on top of LinkedIn increases your chances of seeing cool job openings like these.
5. Don’t Burnout
Getting caught up in the pace and excitement of it all is easy. What’s difficult is making the rest of your non-business self a priority. Sleep, eat, go for a run. Do something that makes you feel creative and happy. Being an employee at your dream company is an amazing accomplishment, but so is simply being who you are. Find the balance that’s right for you and avoid the burnout.
6. Stay Calm
Just remember, even though everyone is looking for a job at the career expo, you are the only person who can deliver your set of skills and qualities to an internship. By taking some deep breathes and putting your best foot forward, you’ll let the real you shine. Plus, everyone knows that we’re the best when we’re just being ourselves.
7. Trust your Gut
You’ve worked hard, gotten through career week, and deserve a cookie. At the end of the day, the decision is yours. Take the offer that is best for you at this point in your life. Whether it’s signing on with the major firm or taking a position a smaller startup, the world is your metaphorical oyster — make the best of it.