Learning on the Fly

It has only been a little over one week since my interview for The Sales Centre.  Already I have attended a training session, attended a career fair sponsored by the program, and was invited to be apart of the blog.  Things have been busy, but extremely rewarding for me as I jumped into the program head first.

Here are some things that I have learned in the just the past week.

1. Come knowing what they are going to ask, not just what your going to say.  To do this look at the program or business and see the highlights for what they are featuring and keep in mind that is what they are looking for in a candidate.

2. Every employer at a career fair has expectations that you have done your research, so do it and do it right.  Smuckers does not just make jelly.

3. Get to know your fellow TSC members, they can help you almost as much as any business can.  They all have connections and try hard to make things great for every member.

4. Take every opportunity, lots of doors open up quickly once you join TSC.  You will get out what you put in. (An Ohio University staple statement that is very true)

5. Always be closing, with an employer at a career fair or a opportunity within the TSC itself, always be trying to get a commitment, it is the sales thing to do!

6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to both companies and students.  When you have a question to ask it helps both sides and shows that you have a real interest with the organization while becoming educated

7. Businesses love to talk themselves up, so do the homework and reference the numbers to recruiters, they will take note of it and expect to see you more often.

8. A good handshake can make or break a first impression.  Walking up and looking somebody straight in the eye with confidence, even if your terrified inside.  It helps calm me down after they think I know what I am doing.

9. Business world is its own machine.  When you join into something you need to be flexible enough to do some work you may not feel prepared for, but not loose enough you’ll get too overwhelmed.

10. Resumes are a lot of work.  My high school resume quickly out dated itself and now I am spending hours editing and looking at it.  Put in the work to make it easy and efficient to highlight why your employers want you.

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4 responses to “Learning on the Fly

  1. The key is to being an active listener and say only what you need to. I fully agree with your comments related to confidence. Nobody buys from anyone who lacks confidence. Nice blog. T M

    • Thanks! I completely agree with your point – it can be really hard sometimes to keep your mouth shut. Also a great book that talks about that is “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. =)

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