You click the “send” button. Suddenly your temperature spikes and there is a butterfly riot in your stomach.
Anxiety. We all know that feeling.
I recently sent off a couple of emails, in hopes of getting an interview.
I know what you’re thinking, that doesn’t sound so bad…right?
A few things I have learned from this experience:
Quadruple check EVERYTHING. This sounds a bit monotonous, but it could save your hide. It’s up to you to make sure that résumé, cover letter, and portfolio are error-free!
Breathe. Again, this sounds a bit silly. Failing to breathe means your brain will be deprived of oxygen, hello third grade science! Give your brain a break and take deep breaths.
Know your audience. I know I say this a lot. Know who you are speaking to, and adjust accordingly. Not everyone might enjoy your particular brand of sarcasm, or wit. Tread carefully, and respectfully.
Be concise. Do not tell your life story. Your résumé should speak for itself. Be sure to include a few applicable experiences or skills in your initial email or cover letter.
Be organized. A clean-cut résumé could be the difference between making it onto the desk of the exec, or into the waste basket. Use your fonts and words wisely, while paying attention to proper grammar.
Don’t think too hard. Stop with the brain-strain! I have spoken before on over-thinking, and I will emphasize this again. After you have run through and checked everything, press the “send” button. After that, it’s out of your hands and you’re on to the waiting game.