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By Francesca Catalano
Faculty Director, School of science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at American Public University
You’ve graduated and it’s time to find the job of your dreams. Or perhaps you’re looking for new challenges and have come across a job description for which you are perfect. How can you write your
What can you do above and beyond your professional qualifications, education and experiences to position yourself above all the other applicants who feel that they, in fact, are the best person for the job?
Let’s begin with a visual exercise that will help you see this
- How would you compose yourself?
- How do you greet a potential new boss?
- What research did you did prior to the meeting?
- What does it all look like?
Some descriptions that come to mind include professional, articulate, clear, confident but not overbearing, and prepared. Now approach your
The most important and comprehensive advice I can give someone applying for a job is that one size does not fit all. In academia we are familiar with the cv, which has no page limit. This is great because it allows you an opportunity to list everything you have done, but it can be distracting because it allows you an opportunity to list everything you have done. Resumes in other fields tend to be one page in length, two if the candidate has had that much experience.
Regardless of the format, prioritize your
Remember, you’re applying for a job and in essence your position, regardless of what the title is, has to meet the professional needs and expectation of your supervisor. Start off on the right foot by listening to what she is saying and giving her exactly what she needs to assess your application.
Every job application begins with a list of skills that are required as well as desired. Address each point in kind on the first section of
Applying for a job is a sales gig. You are selling yourself as a better product than all the other products that are out there who are also vying for the same position. Present yourself in a way that does highlights your skills and at the same time aligns perfectly with the needs of the hiring manager.
You will stand out.
About the Author: Francesca Catalano holds a doctorate in molecular biology from Loyola University Chicago and a
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