Christina is a University Recruiter based on the East Coast. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from the University of Connecticut, and has been with Indeed for close to six years. In this blog, she shares how to navigate Indeed’s Career Guide as a student, and how to land your dream job at Indeed after graduation.
As a student, have you ever wished you had all of the career advice at your fingertips? Well, look no further than Indeed’s Career Guide!
We have advice on a variety of topics including interviewing tips, resume and cover letter writing, salary negotiation and career planning.
Let’s break down the most common sections of the career guide for University students and how to best use these to your advantage. Check out the New Graduate’s guide to job search!
The first step to job searching is creating your resume, while this can be seen as a daunting task, there are a lot of resources available to get you started. Focus on content first and worry about formatting later!
Below are specific articles that will assist you in starting your resume.
- How to Write an Internship Resume that will get you hired
- How to Write a College Student Resume
- Resume Examples Students Can Use Now
A few key highlights about resume writing; start with a rough draft of your work experience, activities, and academic accomplishments. Once you have all of your information ready to go, you can piece it together in a simple way that will flow nicely and be readable to recruiters.
You will also want to include any key softwares or programs you are familiar with or learning in your courses.
Applying to roles will also sometimes require a cover letter. The best way to prepare is to have a draft that you can then customize depending on the job you are applying for.
Your cover letter is a chance to showcase your experience that is not necessarily elaborated on your resume. Having a few core accomplishments written out will assist you with tailoring them to how you meet the requirements of the role itself. Below are some helpful articles to assist with cover letter writing!
After your application, you may be contacted by a recruiter to interview for the position!
Before the interview, you should prepare yourself with answers to common interview questions, questions about the company and role, as well as be ready to speak to your accomplishments and how you would be a great fit for the role and the team.
A few main interview questions to prep for are:
- What interests you about this job?
- Why do you want to work at this company?
- What skills do you feel you can bring to this role?
These are fundamental questions that you should be prepared to answer in an interview whether it is a phone screen or an in person or virtual interview with the team.
Other questions you may want to ask in the interview are:
- How is performance measured in this role?
- What are the biggest challenges the team is currently facing?
- Can you describe the team dynamic?
Following the interview, be sure to follow up with a thank you email to your interviewer. In your email, you will want to include a note of appreciation, a specific example of your qualifications and how it relates back to your conversation, and closing statement regarding next steps. Be sure to check out: