Here are some ideas to help you stand out when you apply for jobs.
- Create an Effective Resume.
- Set up a LinkedIN Profile.
- Read Tips on Finding Remote Jobs.
- Post your resume on Job Boards.
- Create a website showcasing your work (WordPress, Google)
- Visit the company website before applying for a job.
- Write a tailored cover letter for each job application!
- Set up a Zoom account for tele-interviews
- Practice phone interviewing skills
- Send a thank you letter via email after screening interviews.
- Prepare a mini work portfolio (see below) for critical interviews.
- Practice answers to common interview questions.
- Study the company website in detail before an interview.
- Prepare a list of 2-3 questions to ask in the interview.
- Read this amusing blog post on easing job-search stress.
- Consider making a power-point presentation for your interview.
- Send a thank you letter via email after each interview.
- Skake off job-search rejection.
- Negotiate job offer effectively.
Mini Work Portfolio
This is probably the single most important strategy to land a job because very few job candidates take the time to do this. Typically, you would use this strategy for critical (usually in-person) interviews. Bring one portfolio for each person who will be interviewing you. If the job has many applicants, you may want to mail a portfolio to the interviewer before a screening interview.
Buy a pack of glossy black folders, and place the following items inside.
- List of References (with phone numbers and email addresses)
- Reference Letters (3 references from school or work)
- College Transcripts (unofficial okay unless official are requested)
- Certificates/Licenses earned (copies okay)
- Work Samples (reports, articles, documents, presentations)
- School Samples (research papers, project summaries)
- Summaries of work performance (for example, sales quotas met)
- Awards that are relevant to the job or showcase your dedication.
- Business card (if you do freelance work)
- Any other document that may be relevant to the job interview
Another Major Point!!
Use your thank-you letters wisely!
If you flub an interview question or don’t know the answer to a question, this is your opportunity to research the question and recover. Employers will be impressed. Also, let the employer know that you are interested in the job. Emphasize your selling points by referencing information gleaned from the interview. This will show that you listen and you know how to sell yourself.
For more information, please email Jessica Loftus for details.