By: Danielle White
Over spring break, I went to New York City with an MSU class and two professors: John Besley and Andy Corner. In addition to having a lot of fun, I learned so many important lessons about the professional world and how get a job.
#1 Business Cards
I know as students, we do not prioritize having business cards. Most people ask how you can have a business card without a title. It is simple, a business card, for a student should consist of name, major, email, phone and if you want twitter handle and linkedin link. I personally had business cards printed before I went to New York, and each time I handed one out, the employer was impressed. Business cards make networking easier and help you standout.
#2 Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Before heading to the Big Apple, I was nervous. I thought of New York as a very cut throat atmosphere, and that no one would want to help out a college student. I could not have been more wrong. After we visited many firms, I emailed them with questions and a thank you of course. I asked most of them for an informational interview. If they had time, the answer was yes, if not they simply said they are willing to answer any more questions. People are very willing to help you, but you have to be willing to speak up and ask for the help first.
In New York, we visited around 10 firms. Most of the time, we went into a room, sat down, listened to a presentation, asked questions and then we were good to go. Before leaving that room, I went around and talked to as many people as I could before leaving. You never know who you are going to meet just my simply saying “Hi, I’m Danielle.” Because I stayed and networked, I was able to pick up an HR contact and score a real interview.
For those graduating seniors, who are anxious about not having a job, use these tips and I guarantee it will help. Doing these things, will not only get you noticed, but it will definitely get your foot in the door.