This post is by staff writer Honey Smith.Recently I've been posting on job-related topics like networking strategies and job tenure. Because my current position entails working with college students, I've been asked on numerous occasions to talk to various undergraduate groups about getting into graduate school. In fact, I'm giving one such presentation next week. Many of the things I cover in such presentations are also broadly applicable to any situation where you are competing against a number of other applicants for a position. This includes job-hunting. I've also taught entire units on job-hunting in upper division business writing courses at the university level. Much of the advice that I give is pretty standard:
Research the position and the company
Write a cover letter and résumé that are tailored to the position
Give your references the information they need to recommend you, including a reminder of your recent accomplishments and details about the position.