Friday, October 2, 2015

Just Add Some Lemon!

Although water is essential for life, sometimes it gets pretty bland and you need a bit of zest to make things interesting. I personally like to add lemons to my water, some people add mint, but it's up to your personal preference of how you want to shake things up from the monotony of every day water.

Think about how this could relate to the career-application process. Every day employers are getting piles of resumes and cover letters or conducting interviews, and the ones that stand out are the ones that have that "oomph". There are many ways to personalize your documents to stand out:
  • Depending on the industry, you could add color in your resume. You don't want to go overboard with color, but minimally adding a pop of color could make your resume stand out.
  • Changing up your font from the generic 'Times New Roman'. Try out a new professional font (no comic sans or curlz!) and see how it changes the "feel" of your resume. 
  • Add an objective that personalizes your resume to the specific opportunity you are applying for. This shows the employer that you didn't just write a generic cover letter to send to multiple jobs!
  • Personalize your documents for the type of position you are applying for. If you are applying for a retail sales position, your documents should reflect more customer service skills than if you were applying for a desk-job. Think about the skills that you'll need for that position and make it unique for each document!
These are just a few of the things you could do to metaphorically "add the lemon" to your career-application process. And as always, if you need support and advice on how to stand out, give us a call at (516) 463-6060 and schedule an appointment!

Anne Monique Concepcion,
Graduate Assistant

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