Perhaps one of the most daunting aspects of college + post-grad life is the internship//job search. It is easy to feel like a small fish in an ocean of people all after the same thing as you — employment. ++ With the average attention span of the person likely to be reading your resume clocking in at a whopping 2.3 seconds, the odds seem to be anything but in your favor. Thankfully, there’s a few things you can do to make yourself stand out in the search.
1] TAILORING YOUR RESUME TO FIT THE JOB DESCRIPTION
Having an up-to-date resume is important for those opportunities that seem to appear out of thin air. But when you have the opportunity, tailoring your resume to include key words, phrases + skills from the job description can make you look like the *perfect* candidate for the position.
Now this doesn’t mean that you should lie on your resume just so it matches the job description. But many of your skills can be described in different ways that match the phrasing of the job description + the tone of the company [check out their website to get a feel for what they look for in employees]. Click here for an example on how you can position one project//skill five different ways.
2] SHOW YOUR DIVERSITY
Include anything on your resume that you can talk about confidently at a job interview. So while your ability to binge watch netflix may be a show of your commitment + tenacity when it comes to something you’re passionate about, it isn’t necessarily something an employer cares to know. You should include any clubs + organizations you are involved in, as well as any certifications you have achieved. Don’t forget to include your involvement with CHAARG ; )
3] TURN INTERVIEW ANXIETY INTO EXCITEMENT
Interviews can be nerve wracking, but you’re resume grabbed you one of those coveted spots, so be excited! Your potential employer has found potential in you. A tried + true trick to conquering anticipation anxiety is to turn it into excitement. While it may sound impossible, something as simple as telling yourself that you’re excited — not nervous — can change your perspective. Smile, pull back your shoulders + relax. Both you + the interviewer are just people, each wanting to like the other. Start by liking + believing in yourself.
4] HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE
Old fashioned, but never out of style, the hand written thank you note will put you leagues ahead of those who merely send an email or forgo the thank you correspondence all together. The handwritten note is disappearing in a deluge of digital communication, + taking the time to prepare a traditional thank you note will stand out in the sea of applicants.
5] CLEAN + PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA
You might be thinking *all of my social media accounts are private. It doesn’t matter what I post.* This is not true. Companies have access to programs that allow them to scour the social media of those they’re interested in hiring. ++ While that girls night outGNO picture of you drinking champagne from the bottle is cute, it raises red flags for potential employers. You might feel like you should be able to post whatever you want on your personal accounts, but creating an online presence of positive + clean content is more appealing to employers than the crazy night you spent downtown [even if it is a rare occasion].
Being in the towering pile of resumes is intimidating, but following these tips can up your chances of landing in the short stack — + perhaps in the position. Confidence is key, so believe in your awesomeness, + the universe [+ that employer] will recognize it as well.
++ Briana [brianam_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG Orlando