The recent article in the Amherst Wire titled “It is None of Your Business” speaks on the issue of the differences in job preparation between UMass’ Business School, Isenberg, and the rest of the schools within the University. Case in point of the story: the University prioritizes Isenberg students and leaves the rest of the students to fend for themselves in a job market that seems desolate. Valid or not, the keys to which you can secure a job is the ability to market oneself (which Isenberg students seemed to be groomed to do.) Employers want to hire students who will help represent and spread their brand. If you don’t know how to market yourself to them, how can they trust you to market them to other people?
So for all you Non-Isenberg students, here at Chikmedia we decided to compile a list of tips to help you all market your way into a secured job of your choice before graduation:
If you want to expand your network and make yourself known, make one.
PLUS: employers will most likely end up googling you anyway, might as well CONTROL what they find. Deviating your name on Facebook is a good tip too.
If you are expecting to enter a corporate setting, a well-fitted suit with classic detailing is a must. Make sure it fits you and stick to blue, blacks, and beiges for colors. This is not the place to show Fashion Weeks’ newest trends or show up with a wrinkled top.
For a more relaxed setting, business casual is the way to go which means you should wear a pressed shirt/dress pants/skirt/dress/blouse.
Ladies: leave the 5”heels you can’t walk in at home. Employers want competence and walking like you are stumbling with heels that you go out drinking in does not exuberate competence. 3” or less should be the shoe of choice.
NOTE: Don’t follow up a “DO NOT REPLY EMAIL,” they won’t reply and might not like that you didn’t listen.
Reach into your resumes and show them accomplishments or instances in which you have been quick, savvy, and efficient.
Hope all this helps, good luck millennials!
-Jackie Tan, chikmedia Intern
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