Dear Food Grad,
This is it. The moment you’ve craved. You’ve worked so long to achieve it. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. After years of dreaming, of studying, of burning yourself out…….you are in the home stretch. Graduation. A day you’ve been waiting for forever, and ever, and ever.
You can envision yourself enjoying your dream job……………but have you imagined the steps you took to get there? Where to look? What to put on a resume? How to act in an interview? What not to do? What to wear? Ahhhhhhhhh!
Rest assured we’ve all been there. It’s my job to walk you through all the steps to achieve your dream of gainful employment, post-graduation.
Let me tell you a story of how I became a Recruiter.
When I graduated school back in 2000, I had a few avenues to pursue. I really liked Human Resources and I also liked I.T. I applied, electronically, to a position for an I.T. Support person. One of the main duties was to organize large electronic files and share them within the network of the company. I was really excited to apply. I carefully crafted my resume, a cover letter, and an email introduction outlining why I was perfect for the role: my biggest strength was my Attention to Detail. I proof-read, I had my friends’ proof-read, I took a deep breath, and I hit Send.
Horror dawned on me. I forgot to attach my resume and cover letter. All my hard work, and I ultimately failed on the Attention to Detail for actually applying to the job. I was crushed and I beat myself up for days. I did end up sending a second email, complete with the resume and cover letter attached, but I never received a single phone call for the role.
The next week I saw a posting for a Recruiter. I thought to myself “that sounds like a fun job” and wrote my email to highlight my skills as an interviewer for my high school newspaper a few years back. I remembered to attach my resume and cover letter (lesson learned!) and waited on pins and needles to see if I’d get a call back. I did. And ultimately, after a phone screen, a face to face and then a panel interview, I got the job.
Moral of the Story:
- If at first you don’t succeed, try again
- Learn from your mistakes
- Think from the company’s point of view. (Ask yourself what skills you have that you bring to the table for a future employer, and make that stand out on your intro email/cover letter/resume)
Sixteen years later, I’m still loving my career and I have made it my mission to be a “go-to” person for job seekers such as you.
Next up…….how to find a job to apply for.
Rebecca Summerfield is the Organizational Recruiter at The Original Cakerie.