The Presume

It’s no secret that you need to stand out these days when applying for a job. Killer qualifications are often not enough to get your foot in the door. Enter the presume.

The presume brings your resume to life using your own voice, visuals and graphics to highlight your educational and employment experience in a presentation format. Want to give a try? Here are some tips to creating an exciting presume:

Find a program you are comfortable with. Whether it’s PowerPoint, or something more advanced like SlideRocket, make sure you use a program that you know the ins and outs of and can use to truly market yourself in a unique way.

To thine own self be true. Let your presume define you as a person. Colors, images, animations…the options are limitless, but should work to show the hiring manager who you are and how right you are for this position.

Get it out there. If you’ve taken the route of creating a presume over a resume, why not go the extra mile to send it out to hiring companies in a way that will stand out. Tweet it out is a good way to start.

Personalize each presume. When I’m reading resumes of prospective employees, I’m immediately turned off when I know that the job hunter is sending the same resume and cover letter over and over again. Make it personal! Let your presume show that you really want to work for that specific company, not just any old company in the industry. Throw the company logo in the presentation and any images that you can find that show you did your research.

Tell us if you’ve used a presume to land a job interview!

The Hunt For A Job Is On!

With graduation season commencing (pun intended,) tens of thousands of graduates are looking for a job. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported this year that the outlook is positive for college grads. However, everyone knows that doesn’t mean a job will be handed to you.
Aside from sprucing up your resume and doing some extra volunteer work, what are other ways to hone your hunting?

Research, research, research – So you found a perfect job and want to forward your cover letter and resume. Not so fast – look up the company first and do a little sleuthing.  Something as simple as determining precisely where the company is located helps tremendously in tailoring your cover letter (“I look forward to sampling the apple pie your city’s famous for”). Employers like knowing that you went the extra mile to get to know the company beforehand.

Talk amongst yourselves – Informal interviews are a great source for finding out more details about the position or industry in which you are interested.  Do you have friends at similar companies or friends of friends? Or parents of friends? Soak this information up like a sponge! People “in the biz” can give you a great overview of the environment that you can’t learn in an hour long class.

Accept rejections gracefully –No one likes rejection, but it’s bound to happen and not every job will be suitable for you. With each rejection, take time to understand why the job wasn’t for you; learn what mistakes you might have made and move on to the next application.

Networking = net worth! – Let’s say you didn’t get a job you interviewed for. Do not criticize the company and/or interviewer; instead form a professional relationship with them. This position may not have been the one for you, but down the road the company may come calling because you stayed in the their good graces.