Increase your chance of booking a job soon by making yourself an appealing professional candidate. Some places to start:
- Rewrite your resume to represent the benefits you’ve brought your employers rather than listing skills and responsibilities — take a case-study approach. What problems did you solve? What projects did you complete? What did you contribute to the bottom line of the company? Be completely honest and tell a great story.
- Proofread your resume. Then proofread it again. Have a friend proofread it. Proofread it again. Errors in resumes will cost you jobs and will guarantee Agency a la Carte will reject your application for affiliation.
- Beware your social media profiles and posts. Review Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn Instagram, Pinterest, and others’ information about you and remove anything that could be perceived as offensive or negative by a potential employer. Recruiters and employers DO check your social networking profiles and search your name to see if you represent an asset or a liability to their company.
- Boost your social media presence and use it to your advantage! If you’re looking for a job, social networking is a great way to find one.
- Ensure that you have a proper and appropriate business-like email address. There’s no excuse for silly or offensive email addresses when applying for a job.
- Online portfolio – Many communications and creative professionals now have personal websites to showcase their work. This is especially important for designers. You will face an uphill battle if you want to excel in the design world yet don’t have an up to date online portfolio. A project that you did in college is not relevant if you’ve been working five years and have actual produced work to show. If you aren’t a designer, you can create “case studies” with a problem-solution approach. Tell short stories about the assignment, the role you played, how the program played out and the success. Use quantifiable information if it is available and quotes from former bosses or clients that are attributable.
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