Even if you think your resume is fine and you usually ace interviews, there is probably something that your school's placement office can do for you that will give you an extra edge. This staff's expertise is part of what you paid for in your tuition, so use it. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your placement office visit.
1. Be objective about what you have to offer to an employer. Your placement office can definitely help you here. Too often graduates don't give themselves credit for everything they bring to the table, but a few minutes talking with a placement professional can increase the likelihood that you will include potential contributions in your interview responses and get the job.
2. Review your resume. The goal of a resume is to get interviews. If you send out resumes but don't get any responses, there is probably something you could present differently on your resume to generate responses. Your placement office can help you spot what might be wrong.
3. Review your interviews. The goal of an interview is to get a job offer. If you go on interviews but you don't receive any offers, there's a good chance a placement advisor can help you zero in on possible problems.
4. Keep this in mind: The placement office has a strong motivation to help you. Accreditation requires schools to report their placement statistics, and school administrators want those numbers to be excellent. It is in the school's best interest to provide graduates with high quality placement assistance in order to maintain accreditation, retain the best faculty and staff, and attract new students.
5. Follow up. An old proverb says, "Don't spit in the well. You never know when you'll have to drink from it." Whether you use placement assistance or not, let the placement office know when you are hired. It's part of being a responsible adult and building working relationships. You never know when they might be able to help you.
6. Lead by example. Don't forget the students who come after you. If you know of job openings, call the placement office or refer employers to them. It's true: The good you do comes back to you.