Business Management senior Sarah Tjepkema began the search for her dream job in September of her senior year.
She started by sending out five initial resumes—but she didn’t stop there.
During her winter break and through the winter quarter, Tjepkema built her profiles on sites such as Monster, Career Builder and Mustang Jobs, attended Cal Poly’s Career Fair, and attended networking sessions and on-campus interviews.
By the beginning of March, Tjepkema had applied to 71 different jobs and had a total of 31 interviews with 25 different companies.
Three weeks later, she was in the final round of interviews for six different companies.
She was traveling to Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Santa Maria and was interviewing with vice presidents and human resources directors from across the nation.
Of those six companies came four job offers. Of those four offers, Tjepkema landed her dream job with Pepsi in San Diego.
Tjepkema found success. She went into the corporate world and conquered.
One of her secrets?
She dressed to impress.