Courtney, a dedicated member of NUPRSSA, has a few tips on finding the perfect co-op, making it through the interview process, and actually landing the job. Luckily for us, she was kind enough to share SIX of them right here on our blog!
1. Figuring Out Your Groove
With classes, clubs, fitting in time for friends, etc., college life can be insanely busy, plus the semester before you go on co-op is even crazier! Not only do you have to keep up with your other responsibilities, but you have to search for co-ops, constantly update your resume to suit different co-op positions, and schedule times to interview. The most helpful thing you can do for yourself is to figure out how to prepare yourself for your best possible interview.
First, figure out your go-to interview outfit that will be clean and ready whenever you may need it. You could get a call asking you to go in for an interview the next day, which doesn’t leave you much time to shop if you don’t have an interview outfit ready to go. Knowing what you’re going to wear ahead of time will help cut down time when you’re getting ready, too. Secondly, research the company and the job description and figure out how your skills qualify you for the position. You can make anything sound impressive…learn how to pitch yourself! Once you go through a few interviews, you’ll figure out what works best for you. I like to start by researching the company, connecting my skills to the position, getting dressed for the occasion, and then reviewing what I prepared right before I go in for the interview. Essentially, you need to figure out your routine so interviewing becomes automatic.
– Courtney Byer, member
Make sure you stay tuned for Courtney’s next tip!