In today’s world, we must stand out against the crowd. There are a few simple ways to make yourself more hirable than the next and it’s starts with these five tips.
Print business cards
Business cards are the easiest way to get your name out there, at a networking event, in class or even at your internship. Add a personal touch to your business cards with Moo. $19.99 gets you 50 business cards in a design-your- way style. VistaPrint offers a bang for your buck with 250 cards at $8.99. The next step is handing them out to your professors, classmates, and new contacts at networking events.
This may be self explanatory, but I find myself updating my resume constantly. Having another set of eyes, especially peers is always helpful too. At Temple University, going to the School of Media and Communication Career Center in Annenberg Room 7 is a great way to start. Print off fresh copies before your interviews too. Add a spice of color to stand out against the mundane black and white resumes in a pile. Think of a creative idea to give someone your resume when applying to a job. At one of my previous internships someone put their resume in a shoe and attached the note, “I’m just trying to get my foot in the door.” This may or may not have been a good idea, but you have to give them credit for thinking outside the box.
Get some of your peers, professors and contacts within the industry to vouch for your skills. It is all about who you know when it comes to getting hired. Ask for LinkedIn endorsements and recommendations from your colleagues to give an honest way for employers to understand your work ethic.
Highlight your skills
Find what you are good at and make it bold, underline it, italicize it on your resume or website.
Go to a local networking event
Philadelphia is filled with networking events from PPRA, Campus Philly and even attending Temple’s PRSSA Chapter meetings with guest speakers. Expand your circle by attending networking events from other industries, like technology based, start-ups, and blogging events. Getting your hands in everything makes you stand out.
This guest blog post was written by PRowl Account Executive Marisa Blackwell.