When looking for a job we’ve all heard the saying, “It’s all about who you know.” There’s definitely truth to that and in this economy, it doesn’t hurt. I like to say it’s more about “Who knows you!”
Something that college students don’t realize is recruiters talk, and boy do we talk a lot. We talk to other Recruiters with other companies, Career Services, professors, students, you name it. And what is it that we talk about? You, the candidate!
This means a couple of things. It’s really important to give a good impression, be involved and make a name for yourself. As a college student looking to gain experience through an internship or entry level job you really need to put yourself out there.
Put Yourself Out There
Attend all Career Fairs, company presentations and networking events, get involved in groups on campus and be present and active in the classroom. Most recruiters not only visit campus for recruiting events but also speak in classrooms and attend club meetings and conferences. This gives you multiple opportunities to meet us and make an impression. If you don’t show up then we don’t know who you are.
Get People Talking, About You
Make sure all your interactions with recruiters are positive. If they aren’t we all hear about it, no matter what the company. When I’m on campus looking to find the right students for Hyatt opportunities I talk to my Careers Services and Faculty contacts. I ask them who stands out and who they think would be a strong candidate. If you’ve never visited your Career Services office and/or your Professors don’t know your name then guess what, it’s not going to be you.
Become an All-Star Candidate!
Make a point to visit Career Services and introduce yourself. They are there to help and be your biggest supporter. It’s the best of both worlds–they are tuned in to what is offered on campus and have many contacts in the industry.
If you aren’t involved in any extracurricular activities tied to your major, find out what clubs are out there and join one that interests you. You don’t have to be in every club, but chose one or two and make the most of it. Leadership on campus will get you noticed and can lead to all kinds of opportunities.
Lastly, build relationships with your fellow students or peers. They will be leaders in the industry and may become a resource in the future. Become the student that everyone knows, both Faculty and students alike, show them all your passion for learning and involvement and before you know it we will be talking about you!
Heidi is one of 3 College Recruiting Managers for Hyatt. She is responsible for recruiting top talent at hospitality universities across the country, primarily for Hyatt’s Corporate Management Training program and Corporate Internship program. Heidi visits up to 14 campuses twice a year to promote the Hyatt brand and college programs. Most recently Heidi has become involved with External Functional Recruitment for Culinary Management positions in North America. She earned her BS Degree in Interpersonal Communication with a minor in Business from Ohio University in 2001. Heidi has been with Hyatt for 9 years and started in the programs she now recruits for. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit explorehyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus blog at hyattrecruiting.blogspot.com.