* ASK QUESTIONS. Close to 100% of the time interviewers will ask if you have any questions. Always ask at least one if not more. It shows interest in the position and is also a good way to find out if the position really is right for you.
* Nonverbal communication is very important. The first 10 seconds of an interview can make or break things. Sit up, make good eye contact, appear enthusiastic about the job and give a firm (but not too firm) handshake.
* Remember to listen! Do not interrupt the interviewer. While its good to tell a good success story, sometimes talking too much can actually land your resume in the recycling bin after the interview. And make sure you answer the question that was asked. If the interviewer asks for one time that you did something that was successful, don't give them five - that would be interpreted as not listening.
* Take the initiative and call the place you have applied to about a week or so after you send in your resume. This shows interest in the job and gives the person doing the hiring one less thing to do.
* After the interview make sure to send a thank you note. You would be surprised just how many people don't take this simple step. It’s a good way to reaffirm interest in the job and an opportunity to mention anything that you didn't get a chance to talk about at the interview.
* Be honest. The interview is just as much a time for you to find out if this is the right job for you as for the interviewer to find out if you are the right person for the job. Loving your job makes a big difference.
Building a Portfolio:
* A portfolio is a 3-ring binder of your best work examples from class, work, and activities. Can also be electronic (a web site, CD, etc.)
* A resume is great for condensing your educational and work experience onto one page, but it doesn't prove skills or really "show" employers anything.
* Some examples of things that can be included: well-written papers, posters/brochures you've designed, photos of you volunteering.
* Some good web sites:
- http://amby.com/kimeldorf/portfolio (samples, articles on building a portfolio & what to put in it)
- http://depts.washington.edu/geogjobs/Careers/pfolresources.html (resources to prepare a portfolio)
Internships/The Job Search:
* Check out the web sites of companies you are interested in. Many post jobs online.
* Career Services has many resources available to you including: internship binders, Career Partners, Career Office, books on area employers, resume critiques, and other job and internship search resources.
Web Sites of Interest: