With Industrial Roundtable (IR) coming up on Sept. 13-14, many of you may be stressing out about meeting companies and trying to find internship/co-op/full-time opportunities. Don’t worry; we understand. Here are several simple things to do to prepare for it:
1. Create/update your resume.
This seems like a no-brainer, but seriously, a killer resume can take you a long way. Sometimes companies encourage you to apply for jobs online before approaching them, so it’s always good to make that great first impression with your resume. If you want a pro to help you, the CCO has walk-ins for resume reviews. Tip: try to use action verbs to describe your past job experiences and leadership roles. Oh and don’t forget: be sure to update your contact information on the top of your resume!
2. Practice your elevator pitch.
Come up with a 30 second/1 minute blurb about who you are, what you’re interested in, and why you are interested in the company. Helpful hint: practice it in front of a mirror prior to meeting company reps. Or, even better, practice it in front of your friends/peers/family/dog. That way, you can probably get some tips from them to make it better. Well, unless your dog can give you sound advice, it might not be that helpful; your cat will probably do a better job at that. But, I digress.
3. Pick out your business casual outfit.
A good rule of thumb is to always dress appropriately. Judging by last year’s weather (it was super hot outside), you may want to wear a skirt, but make sure it’s an appropriate length. Though, it’s totally your choice if you want to wear slacks or decide to avoid
wearing a blazer. I recommend wearing shoes you’re comfortable for walking/standing in line/running in between classes; I would recommend flats or carrying a change of shoes.
4. Research on companies you’re interested in.
This is super important: never approach a company without knowing what they do, or worse, without knowing who exactly they are. Otherwise, you’ll end up talking about why you like food to PepsiCo the entire time. You want to make yourself stand out, so try researching on some of the cool things you like about them (i.e. the 787 Dreamliner for Boeing). This also helps you start a conversation with recruiters because it shows them you’re genuinely interested in working for their company.
Remember, don’t feel too intimidated by the recruiters there! In addition to looking at your resumes, they just want to get to know you better and find out what you are passionate about. The best thing to do is to make connections with them (mention that you’re involved with SWE!). Even if the first time doesn’t go that well, you’ll get better as the day goes along!
I hope these tips help you all next week! Good luck! 🙂
-Subhiksha, your editor