Before you submit a resume or draft a cover letter and certainly before you go to an interview you should do two things:
Research the job and the organization. What do they need? What are the requirements for the position? What role does this job play in overall goals of the organization?
Research yourself. What skills and experiences and interest can you offer? How will you add value to the organization? How can you prove that you have the required skills and experience needed for the job?
Do a skill matching exercise: The organization / job needs… (skill/experience) and I have it because I did… The organization needs…and I can provide…Be certain to have specific examples of how you have added value in the past and be enthusiastic on how you can add value to this organization.
Do not forget…the organization is looking to solve a problem and you are selling yourself as a solution.
Attend Career Fairs
You should strive to attend as many career fairs as you can. Career fairs are a great opportunity to see who's hiring, meet some local recruiters, and get great free career advice. Be sure you speaking to every recruiter, even if they don't have a job for you. Recruiters often know of opening opportunities and it is an excellent chance to get a head start on applying for your dream opportunity.
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