I guess I’m pretty fortunate to have been able to land several research jobs even with insufficient experience. Here are some things my employers told me (including the universities that have hired me) about employment
NOTE: Please understand that I’m basing this off my experience and it might or might not work for y’all!
- Your GPA is NOT that important. Trust me, I don’t have a perfect 4.0 and they really don’t care too much if you do. If you have it, kudos! You’ve been working very hard to get to 4.0 status. Of course let’s not forget that graduate programs do look at GPA’s and have GPA requirements. Don’t let your GPA become a source of your insecurity and define you.
- Interpersonal skills matter. Remember to develop great interview skills. Show your passion and how great your personality is during the job interview. Its not just getting a job but they also want to see how your personality will somehow enhance the work environment…professionalism is number 1 though so find a good balance.
- Remember that saying “Its not what you know, its who you know?” Yeah. Its a mantra that I live by.
- ALWAYS ASK “What do you look for in future employees in your company/lab/etc?”
- Don’t let them see you sweat. What I mean is that don’t leave any disclaimers such as “Sorry, I’m so nervous” and such. They don’t know that so don’t make them nervous!
- Build your resume early. Do some internships. Do a lot of job hunting. Spend several Sunday looking through job listings and such. Do not wait until college is done.
- Of course, another important point: Office hours = prime time to get to know your professors and their research and such. Let them get to know you as a student and as a person.