May is here and that means so is college graduation time. This means that there are many qualified candidates about to enter into the job pool. Every year, graduates fresh out of college spend their summers on an employment search. New skills and knowledge make them incredibly marketable; however, an ever-changing business climate and increased competition make the job search a challenge.
Tips For Making The Employment Search Easier
As someone embarking on the employment search, standing out from the other candidates is the most important thing you can do. Your first impression truly is everything, because there are plenty of other people out there making first impressions as well.
What is your first impression? Your resume and cover letter, of course! For many, this can be one of the most challenging pieces of the employment search. With that in mind, here are some tips for making the employment search easier:
- Review your resume and be sure to include only relevant experiences for each job you apply to. If this means making revisions to your resume for each application you fill out, then you must! The employer is going to spend time reviewing your resume to see exactly how you qualify for the job and fit the job description. Your resume is your chance to show that.
- Always send a cover letter. Even if the application itself does not specifically ask for one, you should always send one. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the employer and explain exactly why you are qualified for the specific job you are applying.
- Be sure to showcase all of your skills that make you a candidate for the job. Even if those skills were acquired outside of the “norm” experience. Consider adding a “Skills” section to your resume if you feel that it would better highlight that.
When you do end up with interviews, be sure to research the company, the job description and title and a little about the market before going in. Employers want to see candidates who are passionate and eager to learn new things and get started! Remember, if you aren’t displaying those traits, someone else will!