How to: Write a Successful Cover Letter
The STAR method is way to sell yourself by communicating your strengths and skills through telling a story about a time where you applied them. You may have to engage in some self exploration because while a story might not seem interesting to you, it may be interesting to an employer. While you are aware of your capabilities, remember the hiring manager is not! The STAR method helps you communicate your abilities in a way that is engaging and easy to follow. This method can be used in interviews and resumes! There are four parts to the STAR method: situation, asks, actions, and result.
We all know what it means to take a break; to take time for yourself, and recharge before you continue on your journey. Did you know how important it is for your health? Working too hard can lead to a burn out, which can stall your job search process. Searching for your dream job can be stressful. Also, creating the perfect resume or perfecting your LinkedIn profile takes time. But despite this, it’s also important to take some time for yourself.
Employers receive countless job application forms to sift through- to show you’re suitable for the role and get an interview, you’ll need to demonstrate personality and confidence within one piece of paper.
If you were the kid who didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up, you’re at the right place. If you are now an adult who still doesn’t know what they want to do and you’re a junior, senior, or have your diploma in your hand...don’t worry, you’re at the right place.
Everyone has met the person throughout elementary, middle and high school where they knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. And it was extremely specific and it confused and intimated you. Why and HOW do they already know what they want to do?? But you thought “whatever I’ll eventually figure it out in college." Well here we are, in college, STILL without a clue of what we want to do. You have changed your majors, taken random classes and when you go home for Thanksgiving break and your aunt asks you “So do you know what you want to do yet?” You still say no. It’s a stressful experience everyone goes through when they didn’t know that they wanted to be a Biochemical Engineer at the age of 5. But not knowing is your advantage.
Searching and interviewing for jobs can be awkward at times. It forces you out of your comfort zone. But it is something that everyone will experience. Once you go through the task of applying for a job, and eventually scheduling an interview, there are a few different ways you can be interviewed. The traditional face to face is very common, but recently online interviews have been growing in popularity for employers.