How to Get a High-Paying Job or Internship

Making a great first impression is a big deal to all of us. Be it dating, meeting new people, becoming friends, going to networking events, or making sales, first impressions spark the beginning of all budding relationships. These are tips to help you make sure it is a good one.

Use like you would use a business card

About 10% of the student body will attend the career fair every year. Some are business students, some are engineers, some study liberal arts; all of them will bring paper resumes with them and have small talk with recruiters just to be told to sign up on a laptop for a follow up email about job postings.


To be honest, I’m not even sure recruiters look at paper resumes anymore, but I guess it’s always safe to have one with you just in case.


Using our camera sharing icon will undoubtedly leave a strong first impression on recruiters. Use OneTopic to differentiate yourself from your peers who are all competing for the same jobs. Just ask the recruiter if you can share your contact info with them then ask if they can take out their camera. The recruiter's eyes will glow and you stand out immediately. Consider yourself hired!  Create a free profile here!  

Use Perfume or Cologne

Everyone gets a little anxious sometimes. Anxiety can cause us to overthink, rush, misplace things and, worst of all, sweat A LOT. This is natural, and a lot more common than you think. If you are going to smell the first time you meet someone, make sure to smell good. Don’t overdo it though - spray your wrists twice and rub from your neck down your torso, then spray your armpits once. That will do it.

Look people in the eye and give a firm handshake

A strong handshake is a clear sign of confidence, one that you will begin to notice more often now that you have read this article. A lot of people underestimate the value of this tip not realizing they themselves give weak, flimsy handshakes.



Avoid Saying "Like" or "Uhh"

It is always better to pause...

say nothing,


and then speak.




Recruiters are trained to spot this tendency in applicants. Count how many times your friends and classmates use filler words when they speak - you'll be amazed how often they resort to using "like" or "uhh" in their everyday life. 



Imagine you asking anyone: "Uhhhh, can I, like, have, you know, uhhhhh job?"

Their response:

Talk About Tech

Everything is going digital, and showing you’re up-to-date on changes in the industry is a big help. People have been promoted, created entire divisions, and have run tech for companies regardless of coding experience. This could come from advanced skill in any kind of software from Excel to Photoshop. All you need to do to impress employers is smoothly explain the software you are familiar with and use a few keywords to show that you know how to “talk the talk”.

Be Confident in Yourself and Your Abilities

Show that you’re eager to step up! Let people know what you can do and prove your aptitude. Be sure to highlight your skills and downplay your weaknesses.


Entry level employees are taught how to be effective in their position when they are hired; they are not expected to have 10 years of experience straight out of college. Employers just need to know you are capable of doing the work.


Remember, nobody has ever gotten hired by telling their boss all the things they can’t do.

Be curious about the company culture, the recruiter, and the job position

Getting to know the job and the company culture is pretty standard - getting to know the recruiter is the real challenge. The goal is to confirm things that you may know about the company or position you want, build rapport, and ask impressionable questions.


The most effective way to catch someone’s attention is to make them feel like you are similar to them. A great way to gauge what you may have in common is to ask “have / did you ever…{insert activity}”. Your response should relate to something you have done which the recruiter may find interesting, even if it is about something casual. Sports, for example, have always been a good ice breaker.

Know Who You Are Talking To

Remember that the recruiter may not have all the power, but making a strong impression is important regardless. Industry-relevant knowledge and experience will always be in the picture, but fitting the company culture is also a deciding factor.


If you are talking to a boss or decision maker, they are more likely to give interviews to people with strong character, personality, spunk, and field-specific knowledge.

If the recruiter is a young associate that just came out of college a few months or years ago, their job is to get YOU interested in them, not the other way around. Young associates are there to filter out unsuitable candidates. A higher-up will then review a desk full of resumes. The decision-maker may give someone the benefit of the doubt on the recruiter's suggestion, but that may not always be the case.


Regardless, if a recruiter likes you, they can recommend you for an interview even if you are not the most checkbox-worthy candidate.

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