Okay, so you’ve started to look for a job. Whether it be because you’re now a college graduate, unemployed, or looking to get into a new field; you’re on the hunt. Where do you start? Well, here’s what I did when I was in that position during the Summer of 2011. (I’m going to break this down into explaining one step per post as to not make it go on forever…)
Step One: I revised my resume.
You may think that your resume is up-to-date but I bet it can be spruced up. When was the last time you changed the look of it? Revised the wording to include more applicable keywords? Or even made a new one, fresh from a blank template? Well, here’s the time to do it.
I always try to revise/reword my resume at least every few months. Lots of new keywords and buzz phrases change so you need to stay relevant!!! Don’t be stuck writing in all boring corporate jargon either (unless you’re in a super technical field or looking to go into govt work)…that doesn’t showcase who you are. Instead find words that make you stand out!! Now, don’t go crazy, keep it professional but remember that you’re not going to get someone’s attention if they’ve read the same thing 100+ times.
Do have your resume online? How about a video resume? Or even a PowerPoint resume? So, these may not be your traditional resumes but they can be effective depending on the type of field you’re going into. Graphic designers, artists, marketing/social media, anything in the creative field can benefit from these resources (still keep a traditional resume on hand too though). Here are some links that can explain each a bit more if you’re interested.
Remember, don’t be afraid to STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD! If done in a professional way, this allows your potential employer see what you can bring to their company. I often tell my own friends to keep multiple copies of their resume on-file but each formatted/worded differently to make them stand out in different job markets. Don’t limit yourself to one resume, one career path.