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How do I tailor my resume?

By Jackie Duc

Tailoring your resume to the job that you’re applying for is an excellent way to get an employer’s attention and to show them that you are a good candidate for the position. Tailoring entails sprucing up your resume often and is a little extra work for the candidateà which is why it will make you stand out! It shows that you were willing to go the extra mile to show the employer what a good candidate you are for the job!

How to start:

Step 1: Look at the job description

See what the position entails and make sure that your skills and experiences line up with the expectations. Scan through the description and the qualifications to look for the skills that the employer wants to see in a candidate. This will help you to know what skills to emphasize on your resume and in your potential interview.

Step 2: Review skills you possess that match the skills for the job

Take a minute to think about what experiences you have that have taught you the skills that match up with those you found in the job description. It is important that you have the experiences to back up whatever you put on your resume! Don’t fabricate experience just for the benefit of trying to be a better candidate and be honest about your skills and your proficiencies at all times.

Step 3: Edit your resume

Now that you know what skills the employer is looking for and what jobs have taught you those skills, you can go through your resume and make sure you emphasize them! You can start off by tailoring your objective (if you have one) to the specific job that you are applying for and by mentioning 1-2 of the relevant skills you possess. This will show the employer what you’re looking for and what you bring to the table as a potential employee.

Ex: A passionate student seeking the ABC Internship at XYZ Co. in order to utilize data analysis and interpersonal communication skills

Then you can go through your bullets for each of your experiences and make sure that you are including any of the relevant keywords that are applicable to your experience. Highlight the skills you possess that the employer wants to see and then back them up with the description of each bullet.

Ex: Coordinated a committee of 15 students by effectively communicating job expectations and responsibilities to each member


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Taking Breaks at Work

By Salma Siddiqui

For many of us, our job includes staring at a computer monitor from a close range. This can strain our eyes and impact our vision. Furthermore, by being seated in front of this monitor, we are reducing blood circulation and we are remaining sedentary for too long. It is important to take breaks for a variety of reasons.

  1. Stretch breaks: Take a five to ten minute stretch break every hour to keep your muscles working and your blood flowing. It will also recharge you and get you ready to go back to work.
  2. Reading breaks: Bring a book to work to take a break with so that you can take a break from staring at the bright computer monitor. This gives your eyes a break and will let you re-focus.
  3. Drawing breaks: When we work on one thing for too long, we tend to make mistakes and let things slip past us. This can lead to errors and inconsistencies. If you take a break to draw for five minutes, you will keep your mind stimulated in a way that does not interfere with your work or make you lose track of your assignments.
  4. Outdoor breaks: Try to take some time for yourself by taking a brief walk outside every day. The fresh air will rejuvenate you and make you feel ready to go back to work. If you have the option of eating your lunch outside, take a work buddy and enjoy an outdoor picnic. It gives you something fun to look forward to in the day.

Just make sure that you’re not neglecting your work or violating any company policies by taking these breaks. Stay productive and focused but give your mind time to wander away from work. Try these tips to keep your day flowing!


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5 TED Talks to Watch Before an Interview

By Vincenzo Julian

from themuse.com

 Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”

While you are practicing answering interview questions, also practice your body language! Just by simply doing power poses or standing up straight, you can change your mental state for the better!

https://youtu.be/Ks-_Mh1QhMc

Julian Treasure’s “How To Speak So That People Want To Listen”

There are some definite do’s and don’ts when speaking to a hiring manager. Keep your words positive and show enthusiasm and confidence. You only get one first impression!

https://youtu.be/eIho2S0ZahI

Melissa Marshall’s “Talk Nerdy To Me”

Learn how to talk intelligently, while being relatable, to a future employer!

https://youtu.be/y66YKWz_sf0

Pamela Meyer’s “How To Spot a Liar”

Lying, whether you are the interviewer or interviewee, is not how to begin a professional relationship. Watch this video so you can spot a liar (is the interviewer not being honest about some aspects of the position?) or do you have nervous tendencies that may make you seem unreliable?

https://youtu.be/P_6vDLq64gE

Tali Sharot’s “The Optimism Bias”

Having a healthy balance of optimism and realism, especially when it comes to job-searching, can help you stay motivated and keep anxiety low!

https://youtu.be/B8rmi95pYL0

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-ted-talks-to-watch-before-your-next-interview

 


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Faraz’s Branding Tips!

Created by Faraz Haq

Some Branding Tips!

Source 1: https://brandyourself.com/info/seo/how_to_brand_yourself

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