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Standing out in the crowd...virtually!

by Christa O'Sullivan on 2020-06-15T09:00:00-04:00 in Jobs & Careers, Business & Finance | Comments

Job searching, applying and interviewing can be a stressful task on it’s own. When you factor in only being able to do this virtually, the stress can become undefinedoverwhelming, especially if navigating the internet is not your forte. Learning how to stand out in a group is hard enough, how do you do this on a computer screen? Here are some tips and tricks on how to make yourself and your resume stand out virtually!

  1. Figure out what type of jobs you’re looking for. Depending on what job or industry you’re looking for, you will need different keywords on your resume. Many sectors uses scanners to search for specific keywords by industry. If you’re not quite sure what keywords to use, the New York State Department of Labor provides examples of keywords by industry that you can use. Note, when using keywords, make sure you will be able to explain your resume further if called into a job interview. If you need more help crafting a resume, Libby by OverDrive has an ample amount of resume eBooks to check out! 
     
  2. Make sure you get your resume onto the right websites! It is great to have a personal website, but unless you have a high traffic rate, many recruiters will miss your resume. Post your resume on sites such as Indeed.com, CareerBuilder and Monster so your resume can be pushed out to recruiters and human resources departments. 
     
  3. Make your resume interactive by posting your Linkedin profile URL and any web work you have done. If you have a LinkedIn profile, make sure to post the link on your resume. This way when your resume is sent to a prospective employer they can simply click on a link and it will bring them to your online profile. Note: make sure your resume matches your LinkedIn profile. If your skills are listed differently on your profile and on your resume, that is a red flag to a potential employer. Here is a quick course on how to utilize LinkedIn for you and your job search. 
     
  4. Create an online portfolio of your work. It’s always a plus when you can provide real world examples of the work you did to a potential employer. There are many free websites that will allow you to make a portfolio to showcase your work. Although online portfolio’s have mainly been used in the design field, our landscape has changed in just a few short months. Anything that can be done virtually is going to help you stand out! If you’re not sure how to start creating your online portfolio, you can take the Building an Online Portfolio course by Lynda.com to get you started. 
     
  5. Make it unique and brand yourself! Figure out what makes you a perfect pick for the position. Make this into a three to four sentence branding sentence that you can put at the top of your resume to pull employers in.


For more job resources, our Business and Jobs page gives you access to a multitude of different resources ranging from databases such to local, state and national resources. 


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