Tips from Dee Clarke – Senior Manager, Head of Amazon Campus Recruitment.
1.Go and speak to as many companies, business reps as you can to make sure you get a full understanding of the role, culture and environment you want to work in.
2.Think broadly about all the different sectors available, and what you’d be most suited to and what makes you tick.
3.It’s worth speaking to past employees or even interns who’ve worked for the company you’re interested in to hear an unbiased perspective of what it’s really like to work there, give you some advice and help demystify the roles.
4.Think really hard about what you actually want from your career. Ask yourself, do I want to get a big brand on my CV? Do I want the opportunity to work internationally? Do I want high earning potential? A laid back or fast-paced culture? Do I want informal vs formal environment. It’s important you ask yourself all these questions and do a lot of research to ensure you’ll get what you really want out of the role.
5.Get a full understanding of what the companies you’re applying to work for actually do. Make sure you ask what the day to day work involves, so you can match your skillset - and most importantly – think about whether you’ll enjoy the work.
6.Most companies will have a checklist of attributes/core skills that they look for in applicants. If you can find out what they’re looking for in advance, then you can tailor your application to give you the best possible chance. For example, Amazon’s Leadership Principles can be found on our website.
7.Put some time into working on your own internal brand. This includes everything from your attitude, behaviour (both in and out of the workplace, and on social media), and being authentic. Getting feedback from peers can help you to identify your strengths/areas of development. Employers want to see you demonstrate that you know your story, have problem solving skills and are self-aware.