Written by Amaraizu Genius
Organize your Resume
Do you know that friend that submits same resume for all job/internship applications? They hardly get to the interview stage. Note that every job or organization has its uniqueness and the uniqueness of the talent it seeks. Even though your interests are similar, it is important to format your resume to suit the need of your intending employer. Highlight your strengths in a well-organized manner that shows your experiences, your academic qualifications and other relevant achievements that will give your resume an edge over others. Remember, your resume is just one out of hundreds of others submitted for the same job, and there must be that content that makes it stand out. Most times, to achieve this needed uniqueness, your resume must reflect the job and the organization’s exact need.
Put Your Network into Use
Well, you must have heard this before. Moreover, if you think you do not have an existing and relevant network that you can leverage on, then you are probably right. This is simply because anything you consider irrelevant eventually becomes so. On 21st April 2021, we held a webinar on Career Networking were our guest speaker, Andrew Hennigan took us through a journey step-by-step on how to build a network that will eventually support your job or internship search. You can start by building and reawakening existing networks. In his introduction he said, “to many people, networking is not a high priority. Many consider it optional, or something unpleasant that you have to do when you are looking for a job. Some even consider that it is in some way unethical, perhaps confusing it with nepotism and cronyism. A few even consider it unnatural, which is very far from the truth.” In answering the question “how can I build my network,” he gave an example- “instead of simply attending a meeting or conference you get more effective connections by being involved in some way, perhaps as a speaker, helping to plan the event or even just helping the organizers on the day of the event. Everyone on the team makes strong connections.” Your most available and immediate network is your friends and family, tell them you are looking for a job.
You can find the recording of the webinar on SH Play External link, opens in new window.