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    Super Cool News: How to (not) get the job

    Summer’s approaching, and you know what that means. Time to buy lots of sunscreen, find the shorts buried at the bottom of the closet, and apply for jobs and internships.

    Here are some helpful tips and tricks for the interview so you can get your dream job.

    1. Show up late

    Interview’s at noon? Don’t bother to show up until at least thirty minutes later. This shows potential employers that you want to stand out from the other applicants. Everyone else probably showed up at their assigned time, some may have even arrived early. But not you. They’re going to remember you.

    2. Don’t show up

    Or better yet, don’t show up at all. Worried about answering a question wrong or not saying the right thing? You can’t mess up the interview if you’re not even there to begin with. And the questions are always the same anyway. Trust me, you won’t miss much. “Tell me about yourself,” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” etc. You’ve answered those questions hundreds of times, you shouldn’t have to answer them again.

    3. Dress for the job you want

    This career advice has been repeated over and over to people trying to find a job: dress for the job you want, not the job you have. You probably don’t really want whatever job you’re applying to; if so, you can just ignore the rest of this section. Don’t show up to the interview in a skirt or nice pants. Show up dressed for your dream job. Want to be Batman? There’s a costume for that. Have you always secretly dreamed of becoming a werewolf? Make a trip to your local Halloween store or head online to find the perfect outfit.

    4. Make the application a puzzle

    Some people see filling out job applications as a chore, but try making it into a game. Creativity has become a valuable skill in the workplace; it’s even one of Forbes’ Seven Most Universal Job Skills. Companies look for individuals that have “out-of-the-box thinking” and that’s where the job application comes in. This is your chance to show the company how creatively you can think. Where it says “name” put something else, maybe your Social Security number. “Date of birth” is secretly a code for phone number and/or email address.

    5. Have fun with your resume

    Your resume doesn’t need to be boring and dull. Print it out on bright pink paper, make the font unreadable, maybe even add some glitter. Why have one resume when you can have six all taped together to form a resume cube. No one else will have a resume cube.

    6. Assert dominance: make them come to you

    The absolute best way to find a job or internship is to let it come to you. You can go on all of these interviews and hope that one of the companies decides you’re a good fit, but why bother going through all that?

    It’s like dating. People say love will come to you when you stop looking, and it’s the same with jobs and internships. If you love something, let it go.

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