I’m home with my feet up after standing non-stop at the MaineJobs.com job fair. Amy and I at Heart At Work were pleased to provide a community service by offering resume consultations and a seminar on the topic of this blog.
Even though I can’t capture the interesting Q&A’s from the seminar participants, I can pass on the tips I outlined during the sessions.
While it’s true that there are many applicants for any one position in this job market, it is also true that many applicants do not present themselves well. YOU can have the edge on any competition by taking the following tips seriously:
How To Stand Out In A Tough Job Market
Create impressive and impeccable documents (cover letter and resume or professional portfolio) that capture your skills, experience and education. (good resource: www.rileyguide.com
Be able to clearly and concisely state the skills in which you are competent and which you enjoy. Always be ready with a results-oriented example of when you used each skill.
Be mindful of your assumptions about what’s possible. Keep in mind what you want, not what you fear might happen.
Stay current with best practices as well as who is doing interesting work in related fields. Be prepared to communicate your knowledge of trends in interviews.
Consistently attend to your needs. Take time to replenish your resources so you’ll be in good shape to go for the next best opportunity!