50 Career Tips from 10 DZ Alum

June 7, 2019

Members of DZ are getting workplace ready! Here's what Ansley Cartwright has to say about their annual career panel: 

"Delta Zeta hosted our annual career panel where we invited a group of our wonderful alumnae as panelists to discuss interviews, balance, regrets, and resumes. Our chapter had a wonderful time learning from our alumnae and their experience as many of us begin to prepare ourselves and our educational experience for the workplace.


Tips for Interviews:


1. Always bring a portfolio and have multiple copies of your resume.
2. Send thank you notes and include specific topics you discussed in the interview. Send a follow up email then mail a handwritten note.
3. Dress for the job above the one you’re applying for.
4. Make sure you know why you want to work there- don’t just apply because you need a job.
5. Ask specific questions they’ll remember you asking.
6. Don’t focus on yourself- focus on what you bring to a team and how you work with one
7. Make eye contact, have meaningful body language, stay engaged
8. It’s okay to admit you don’t know an answer to a question- don’t ramble on trying to come up with an answer you don’t have
9. Don’t say that you don’t have a weakness, discuss what you can improve on and how you’re going to do it.
10. Be an active listener and build off what people are saying.


Tips for Balancing Life:


1. Put in the effort- you’re going to be tired and not want to make time for your life socially and relationally, but you should be making an effort to invest in the part of your life outside of work.
2. Schedule time everyday to not think about work- set boundaries for yourself
3. Don’t put you work email on your phone- don’t be available 24/7 for work
4. Make a point to understand the social dynamic of a work place- don’t work for a
company you’re not comfortable around
5. Communicate to your friends and family the demands of starting a new job- explain that you’re not ignoring them
6. Don’t drift from your friends but don’t ignore your career
7. If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t be good to anyone else
8. Your time is as precious as the next person’s- don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself
9. Pay attention to who stays late and help them leave earlier
10. If people above you are working harder, reevaluate.


If You Could Do It Differently:

1. Study abroad- take advantage of that opportunity
2. Be particular with your extracurriculars- be intentional with how you spend your time and energy
3. Intentionally network- meet as many people as you can
4. You don’t have to step on someone else to get ahead, they may be the one to help you later
5. Get to know your professors, if they don’t know you well they won’t be able to talk about you well in a recommendation
6. Stay in touch with the connections you make- find something in common and base regular conversations on it
7. Keep your resume/linkedin up to date on a yearly basis or after a job change
8. You have the rest of your life to work
9. Everyone wants to help you- let them
10. Learn wherever you can and from whoever you meet


Tips on Resumes:


1. Speak on your resume, build on what you already have during an interview, and if you can’t speak on it, it shouldn’t be there
2. Tailor your resume to each job you apply for
3. Take leadership positions even if they aren’t directly related to the job, the experience and skills will be
4. Include soft and hard skills- use scales and be transparent about your skill level
5. Research what people in your field are doing for their resumes
6. Use “STAR”: Situation, Task, Action, Result to answer “tell me a time when” questions
7. Don’t rush into answering a question, take time to think through your answer- a quality answer is worth a few extra seconds
8. Include your numbers, your results
9. Write meaningful cover letters specific to what and who you’re applying for
10. Never use “to whom it may concern”- make it personal


Final Advice:

1. Network – it’ll help you stand out vs other equally qualified applicants. By knowing one person it might not get you the job, but it will for sure get them to look at your resume out of the many applicants
2. You never know who you’ll meet and how they could help you
3. Be confident in yourself and your abilities
4. Clean up your social media and have other people look at it
5. Keep up with foreign language
6. Read through your resume before an interview to be prepared for when they ask about it
7. Keep learning- see if your company with pay for you to continue education
8. Research if you want to change fields or position and strip skills down to a base skill to make them applicable to a new rule
9. Check up on your friends, don’t be too proud to seek help, mental health is just as important as physical and you deserve to be happy.
10. If your degree is different from your job- have reasons it can relate.

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