But there are certain steps you can take to increase your prospects and better the chances that an employer might take notice of your skills. Though I can’t promise that these tips and refinements to your job search will guarantee you a position, I do think that it could help market you to employers that might have passed over you otherwise.
So let’s look at some of the basic ways to boost your marketability.
Establish yourself on the web as a hungry young professional
The age-old method of getting a job through submitting a CV and a cover letter won’t change anytime soon—those two documents are necessary parts of the employment process. But, there are other key factors now that can heavily influence whether you get a job, and most of them involve the web.
What I’m talking about specifically is your online social media presence. Do you have a Facebook or a Twitter account? If so, do you use them as platforms to find business connections and promote your professional skills? Or do you use these services for socializing and sharing pictures? You’ll probably have a better chance landing a job if you use the web to fulfill your career ambitions than to chat with friends all day. At the very least, I urge you to join a professional network like LinkedIn so that you can connect with professionals in your industry.
Craft an impeccable and compelling CV
Like I said earlier, your CV isn’t the only thing that matters when applying for a job, but it’s certainly one of the most important documents in the process. When you’re drafting your CV, keep in mind that you’ll be submitting it to employers who likely get hundreds if not thousands of CVs every day from hopeful job applicants. You have to think about what you can say and prove in your CV that convinces potential employers that you’re the right person for a job.
There are some ways to refine your résumé:
- Use specific details and numbers to explain clear facts about your skills and experience.
- Explain exactly how your unique skill sets could benefit the employer in the position offered; you want to convince them that you’re the one person who can do the job the right way.
- Don’t use buzzwords like “self-starter” and “dependable” unless you can back it up with specific examples.
Acquire valuable experience outside of college
One of the most difficult aspects of applying for a job right after college is that most applicants lack real world experience that many companies require for their available positions. A college grad might have all the theoretical knowledge about a subject, but that isn’t always enough even for entry-level jobs. In that case, college grads might want to pursue projects outside of class or after they graduate to prove that they can apply their education in productive ways, even if they don’t have a job.
The easiest way to do apply yourself in such a way is to take to the web with your skills. Start a blog, try to freelance, do SOMETHING that you can show to a potential employer that proves you tried to make use of your education. If you started a blog or even a small online business, at least it shows potential employers that you didn’t sit idle as you looked for work. If anything, it proves that you have initiative.