With a graduation cap in one hand and a newly-inked degree in the other, many grads are hitting the online pavement looking for their first post-college job. But how do you set yourself apart from the masses and quickly land your dream job?
According to a recent survey, 83 percent of millennials say having tech skills makes it easier to get a job. But to hiring managers, there's a difference between listing tech expertise on your resume and demonstrating that you're genuinely tech-savvy.
Follow these tips to ensure you're presenting yourself and your skills in the best way possible:
1. Make it personal - Not only should you tailor your resume to the specific job, it's also a key opportunity to highlight how your skills relate to the role. If the job requirements include strong communication skills, note your ability to effectively work across media from in-person meetings to email to social media.
2. Catch their eye - Create visually appealing and professional resume and cover letters. Use a template to help you with your follow-up thank you note.
3. Make it interesting - Use action verbs and interesting descriptors to show results. For example, "actively engaged customers and prospects via social media to increase readership and participation" says a lot more than "managed company social handles."
4. Take it for a test drive - Get friends, family, fellow alumni and others to read your application, resume or cover letter, and ask them what they take away.
5. Audit your social footprint - Hiring managers can find a bevy of information from a single online search. Take time to ensure your online profile — Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube — represents you in a way that won't be embarrassing. Leverage these tools to highlight professional events you attend, publicize awards or participation in industry outlets and share examples of your work.