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Professional writing club discusses job search preparation

Regardless of your year or major, job search and interviews are daunting tasks. The Professional Writing Club met via zoom on March 1 to discuss some of the best practices for preparing for a successful career launch. KirkpatrickPrice employees Adrian Sanders, Chaz Lively, Fallon Russell, Kristen Darby, Jennifer Troth, Sarah Slatton and Carly Mathews provided advice on resume writing and interview etiquette. KP’s professional editorial manager, Maggie Austin, also attended the meeting and explained how to make a good impression in an interview.

Speakers first highlighted the importance of tailoring application materials to a business. “A lot of people don’t make it past this application phase; they’re not going to interview everyone who sends something, so you want to make sure you stand out,” Sanders said. “Be sure to read this job description and match the keywords to your resume description.”

Lively agreed with Sanders, adding, “Think very clearly about the type of company or organization you are applying for in order to reflect the culture of the company in your application materials.” Lively also suggested bringing a small portfolio of writing samples, which can be an awesome additional resource to show off during an interview.

When it comes to maintenance, repair is key. Russell likes to take notes in advance and practice answering out loud to prepare work-appropriate responses. “I would also encourage you to establish a little routine before the interview. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going, not just be early for your interview, but have time to pray, meditate, do blast your music, watch an inspirational video or all of the above,” Russell said.

Darby struggled with feeling nervous before the interviews, but was reassured that interviewers are people too, and they can also feel nervous about the interview process. Slatton, who conducted several interviews, agreed with Darby. “I get really nervous before I interview someone,” Slatton said. “It’s a lot of pressure to be a good representative of your organization.”

“We tend to think of interviews as being a lot more clinical, I think, and now I feel like they’re a much more personal experience,” Mathews said. Armed with this information, Mathews recommends showing passion and enthusiasm while maintaining professionalism.

Austin was in the first professional writing capstone class in the PW program. She shared some thoughts on what she likes to hear when interviewing candidates as a professional editorial manager at KP.

“I think it’s great if you ask about the culture of the company and the vision or values ​​of this organization. It really gives the interviewer a chance to talk about the things that hopefully mean a lot to them, Austin said. “You can then have examples from your own life of how you align with those values ​​and the vision and mission of the organization, and that just opens up this whole new topic to talk about.”

Austin also stressed the importance of a letter of appreciation to follow after the interview. “It’s important for the interviewer to know, first of all, thank you for your time. Thanks for talking to me and taking the time out of your day. Here are the highlights. Here are my takeaways. Here’s how I feel about the interview,” Austin said. This not only shows diplomacy, but also assures the employer that you are still interested in the position.

The last meeting of the PW Club will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m.