Now that the semester is winding down, we are seeing fewer companies visiting throughout the week (don’t worry, they’ll be back in the Spring!). But just because we have less recruiters visiting, doesn’t mean we have less interview and career advice to give. This week’s focus is all about Career Advisors and the advice and resources they have to offer.
Advice from a Bentley Career Advisor:
Before interning in the Recruiting Office, I had stepped foot in the Career Services office ONCE. Yes, in almost three and a half years, I only visited once for resume help my freshmen year. Now that I’m in the office so often, I constantly see all of the resources that Career Services has to offer and I am regretting not making better use of them sooner. My biggest regret by far is not meeting with my Career Advisor before the middle of my senior year.
As a marketing major, my Career Advisor is Alyssa Hammond. (If you haven’t met Alyssa before, I highly recommend stopping in and saying hi—she’s great!) I thought it would be beneficial to sit down with her and see what advice she has for students deep in their internship/job search. Here’s what she had to say:
Prepare for an interview like you would prepare for a test.
We constantly hear about the importance of preparation when going into an interview, but Alyssa put a different spin on it. Basically, an interview is like a test to see if you are the right fit for the position and the company. You probably wouldn’t go into an exam without studying the material, so why go into an interview without studying the company? When researching a company, don’t just look at what the company does. Dig a little bit. Know what makes the company unique, know how your skills match the position, and most importantly, know why you want to work there.
Cover Letter Advice:
Know that people actually look at the cover letter!
It’s no secret that cover letters are not universally liked, but they are important. There’s a common misconception that no one actually looks at cover letters, but this isn’t true. A cover letter can really help you stand out from your competition, so it’s important that your cover letter helps communicate why you’re the best person for the job. That being said, don’t just use the same cover letter for every position (hey, I used to do it too!); tailor your letter to the position and the company. Use key words from the job posting to let the company know why you’re the best fit for the position.
Cover Letter Blooper:
A student interested in working in the Public Relations field sent out a well thought out cover letter to a potential employer; however, she looked past one not-so-small spelling mistake in the job title of public relations. The moral of the story: don’t rely on spell-check. It doesn’t pick up every mistake. Proofread people!
Although Alyssa is a great resource in general, the majors that she focuses on as an advisor are:
- Pre-Law (Minor)
- Media and Culture
- Liberal Studies- Media, Arts and Society
If you don’t fall into one of these majors/minors, don’t worry. There are other advisors in the office who have a specific focus on your major or minor. Check out the list of advisors below:
- Computer Information Systems
- Liberal Studies Majors
- Global Studies
- Liberal Arts
- Public Policy
- Spanish Studies
- Sustainability Science
- Non-Profit Organizations (Minor)
- Corporate Finance and Accounting
- Information Systems Audit and Control
- Managerial Economics
**Also on CareerEdge, there is now a quick and easy way for students to get to the Recruiting Office’s homepage! On the right hand side underneath the Recruiting staff there is a blue banner “Recruiting Information for Students” that will take you directly to our homepage.