Making a Good First Impression

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If you're looking for a job, chances are you will try anything with this economy. Everyone is competing for a limited number of jobs and it can grow frustrating, especially if you are new to your industry or a recent college graduate.

I found this article helpful, but when you are newer to an industry or a recent college graduate, I think any amount of practice before an interview is worthwhile.

First, talk to others in your industry or professors whom you trust. Ask for advice on everything from interview etiquette to what to say to the receptionist. It's a good idea to talk to a variety of people because everyone has different advice. My advice is to stay positive, even if you think an interview isn't going smoothly. Attitude accounts for so much in the professional world and it's refreshing to meet young people who are positive as opposed to cynical.

Since I'm a career changer, I'm still trying to learn what works and what doesn't when meeting new people in my industry. Since every industry and job is different, it's important to do your research. Learn about the company and its mission so you may ask thoughtful questions. Try to do mock interviews if your school holds sessions, or find a school that does. I also think it's important to remember people's names - specifically any assistants who helped you when you entered the building. It speaks volumes about you as a person.

Whatever advice you follow, stay true to yourself - if you are stiff in an interview, it will come across. Good luck in your search!

Amy Muldoon graduated from Penn State University in 2005 and worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English teacher. She is also a freelance writer for CollegeJobBank.Com. Her strengths include: drafting speeches, writing talking points for media interviews, making corporate presentations, and writing for publications. Read more of her blogs at Find jobs and other information at Nexxt.

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