Job Search & Interviews

Connecting through Tiger Spirit

We’ve talked before about career fairs as a means of networking with potential employers, but did you know that you can network in other ways too? Talking to alumni is a great way to get started. Tons of people graduate from MU every year, which means lots of people get added to an alumni network…

How to Show Off Your Soft Skills to Employers – With Samples

Tell a story on your resume and cover letter to demonstrate your personal qualities. What are soft skills?  When employers are searching for candidates on Handshake, they’re usually looking for hard skills: specific competencies like Python, Spanish, or Photoshop.  Your soft skills, on the other hand, are about personal qualities that influence how you do your work. For…

How to Make a Potential Employer Fall in Love With You

Looking for ways to impress a potential employer? Want to make your resume or job application stand out from the pack? During one two-week time period, a Human Resources staff member in a small manufacturing company shared that she reviewed 485 resumes and applications for 18 different positions. They then interviewed 23 candidates and brought six back…

How to Talk About Activism Experience on Your Resume

Whether you’re fighting for racial justice, climate action, or another cause close to your heart, activism and volunteer experience can go on your resume. Any experience that has helped you build new skills can be included on your resume, whether or not it was a formal job or internship. But how do you do it—and…

When in Doubt, Apply!

How do you analyze a job description to determine if you are a fit? Many people assume that you must meet every requirement in order to apply. In particular, women tend to apply for fewer opportunities than men due to self-doubt about their qualifications. Keep these tips in mind during your job search to boost…

Salary Negotiation Tips for the Entry-Level Applicant

Don’t take that job! … at least, not until you’ve scrutinized your pay rate and every detail of your offer. Many students fall into the trap of accepting their first entry-level job offer without realizing what a bit of research can do to drastically change the concessions in their favor. Even fewer realize just how crucial it is…

Communicate Your Value

Interviews are situations where it’s good – great, even – to brag about yourself. Obviously, that can be hard when you’ve always heard you shouldn’t brag. Here at the career center, we aim to help you communicate your value properly so that potential employers can see how awesome you really are. As you go through…

E-tiquette: 5 Things to Remember When Navigating Virtual Interviews

With the age of the internet upon us, you might find that old-fashioned interviews are going out of style. Employers have turned to Zoom and other virtual outlets for interviews and networking, but what does this mean for you? It means that you should be ready to present yourself in a virtual setting, which can…

Stay Informed on Informational Interviewing

Have you ever wished you could just walk up to an employer and ask questions? No strings attached, no job on the line, just questions. Well, you can do just that with Informational Interviewing. What in the world is that? Informational interviewing is simple; it's an interview where the sole goal is to get information.…

How to Write a Thank-You Email or Letter After an Interview

How you follow up with an employer after your interview is almost as important as the interview itself. And sending a well-written thank you email and/or letter soon after your interview is essential. Here are some tips for writing a thank you note that will impress employers. Why you should send a thank you It…