This past week I had the opportunity to travel to New York City and meet with alumni and employers to develop partnerships beneficial to our students. Great information, suggestions and observations came out of my four days of meetings. This is what the employers are saying:
Networking is the key to get a foot in the door;
Students MUST make sure their resume, cover letter and interviewing skills are on point. Never, never, never use templates or forms for resumes;
Just because an alumnus/a is willing to help you, if you are not prepared, no one will risk their established reputation for your starting chance;
Your cover letter should be tailored to the company and the position;
After connecting with an alumnus/a or employer, send a thank you note. Handwritten is preferred.
These five points may seem to be common sense, but were mentioned over and over during my time in New York. I would STRONGLY
encourage everyone to make an appointment
with their Student Development Adviser in the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) to discuss your strategies for any job application. Additionally, if you are looking to apply to any positions on our DipLink system
I would also STRONGLY
encourage you to get all documents reviewed at OSPGD.