Want to leave a positive impression with employers?

Originally posted: October 2016

By: Joe Schlotman, VP of Operation at Dewey’s Pizza

Do you want to know how to make a lasting impression with a recruiter? Do you want to stand out and achieve a milestone in your college career? Many students will have the opportunity to interview with employers and recruiters in hopes to acquire and internship or full time opportunity. Here are a few suggestions on how to leave an impression on employers from Joe Schlotman,Vice President of Operations at Dewey’s Pizza:

  1. Write a Thank You note.  A brief note expressing gratitude for time and clarifying interest is always appreciated.  You can also take the opportunity to seek out information regarding a reasonable follow-up timeline to hear or discuss what you can do to take the next step forward.
  2. Use the business to learn about company dynamics and industry related skills. Share with your desired employer partner what you learned through the initiative you took.  Saying you are interested is great, but showing initiative can set you apart from others.
  3. Seek out people in the company to network with.  See if you know anyone already working for the company and plan a time to meet with those individuals. They could be great resources and advocates to help you learn about company culture and lend advice for how to get your foot in the door.
  4. Stay open to alternative opportunities with the company. A willingness to be flexible can be a good way to differentiate yourself and give yourself more options.  The opportunity you will accept after school is very likely a first step so be flexible.

As an employer with a large presence at Miami University, these are some great suggestions to help propel you throughout the process. Don’t be afraid to reach out to employers, networking can only help you be remembered and stand out.