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Land Your Dream Job at Cottingham & Butler: 5 Insider Tips from Our Team

Written by Bridget McConahay, Talent Acquisition Supervisor


Congratulations on your recent (or upcoming) graduation! As you prepare for your exciting new chapter, we know the job search process can feel incredibly overwhelming. But fear not! Here at Cottingham & Butler, we want to help you stand out from the crowd. We sat down with some of our recent new hires, all current college graduates to gather their top tips, specifically geared towards landing your dream role at Cottingham & Butler:

 

Tip 1: Leverage Your Internship Experience

Recent graduates emphasize the value of internship experience. Internships provide hands-on experience and develop practical skills. Don't just list your duties; highlight achievements using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result). If you haven't graduated yet, consider our internship program – it's a great way to gain valuable experience.

 

Tip 2: Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter

One-size-fits-all resumes won't do. Carefully review the job description and highlight the key skills and experiences they seek. Tailor your resume and cover letter to showcase how your background aligns with those requirements. This demonstrates genuine interest and sets you apart.


For deeper understanding of our company culture, values, and projects, visit our Careers page. This knowledge will help you craft a targeted application that expresses your enthusiasm for joining our team.


Tip 3: Master Networking on LinkedIn

Your social media presence matters. Create a complete LinkedIn profile highlighting your passion and growth mindset. Share relevant content, engage in discussions, and connect with company professionals to stay top-of-mind. Maintain a polished and professional online presence.


Elevate your LinkedIn profile by sharing insightful content, engaging in relevant discussions, and making meaningful connections. Connect with Cottingham & Butler on LinkedIn to stay updated on opportunities and connect with our team.

 

Tip 4: Practice Makes Perfect

Interview preparation is crucial. Research common interview questions specific to your desired role. Additionally, practice answering behavioral questions that begin with "Tell me about a time when..." These questions assess your skills and problem-solving abilities based on past experiences.

 

Tip 5: Follow Up with a Memorable Thank-You

A thoughtful thank-you email after your interview is a golden opportunity to stand out. Reiterate your interest and qualifications, referencing a shared interest or conversation you had during the interview. This personalizes your follow-up and leaves a lasting impression.


Make your thank-you note concise, professional, and send it within 24 hours to demonstrate promptness and enthusiasm.


By following these valuable tips, you'll be well on your way to landing your dream job at Cottingham & Butler. We're always looking for talented individuals to join our team. Visit our Careers page to explore current openings and apply today!

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