Job-hunting is already a struggle for recent graduates and others without much experience. Being in a recession definitely hasn’t helped. This year’s graduates are facing one of the hardest job markets in decades. You may wonder what you can do to stand out among all the other people in the MD and DC area who are looking for employment.
One of the first things that you may want to do that will set you apart is making sure that you always include a cover letter with your resume. Often job posting sites offer the option to apply for a position without including a cover letter. This is a huge no-no. Your cover letter is essentially your first impression, and you know how important those are. Cover letters give hiring managers an idea of your personality and how well you write. Many positions require that you have good oral and written communication skills, your cover letter is the best place to showcase this strength.
The next thing that will set you apart is going out of your way to look nice during your interview. Your appearance and how you present yourself will speak volumes to your interviewer. Make sure that you look neat and well put together. One thing that drives me crazy is to see young men wearing business attire the same way they wear casual attire. It is not enough for you to just throw the suit on, you need to actually look professional in it. Ladies you are not off the hook. Make sure that your clothes fit well. You buy suits, slacks and dress shirts differently than you buy jeans and t-shirts. Try the clothes on and make sure that you look professional.
The last thing that you want to do to set yourself apart when job-hunting is making sure that you speak professionally during your interview. By that I mean leave the slang at home. Aight, yeah, naw, and wassup have no place in an interview. You are trying to give the impression that you are ready for the real world. So you cannot go in an interview talking like a college student. Everyone knows that we all use slang, but when you are trying to get a job, it will benefit you to speak correct English.
Because we are in a recession, there is an unbelievable amount of people out of work. This means that you have to put your best foot forward and bring you’re “A” game to every interview. You are not the first person they’ve interviewed and there’s a good chance you won’t be the last.