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Instead of... "Experience working in fast-paced environment" Try... "Registered 120+ third-shift emergency patients per night"
Instead of... "Excellent written communication skills" Try... "Wrote jargon-free User Guide for 11,000 users"
Instead of... "Team player with cross-functional awareness" Try... "Collaborated with clients, A/R and Sales to increase speed of receivables and prevent interruption of service to clients."
“ Do you mind if I take some notes?” (says “I recognize what you have to say to me is important.”)
2 objectives for this meeting:
Having just graduated, I don’t have first hand knowledge of the opportunities out there, so I’m looking for help identifying the types of jobs that would fit my interests and background
I’d like to ask for your help in referring me to folks you know in those business to whom you think it would be good for me to talk. (Implicitly communicate you recognize the person has to make a value judgment about you before giving reference)
Make sure for each reference that you have:
Name, phone number and permission to use the referees name.
Make sure to ask the “Three Questions”
FOLLOW UP EVERY INTERVIEW WITH A PERSONAL NOTE…with a lagniappe that says, “I listened”