GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Many job seekers complain that their résumés vanish into a black hole. In this competitive job market, candidates are looking for ways to get an edge on other job seekers.
Here are some tips from Rasmussen College and their business partners on what candidates can do to set themselves apart in a competitive job market.
Demonstrate that you have advanced your career/skill set. Highlight internships, volunteer work, ongoing education/degree completion, certificates etc.
This is valuable to a prospective employer because it shows you are willing to invest in your career and it demonstrates initiative and self direction.
If you have been unemployed, it demonstrates that you have made productive use of that time.
Match your skills and experience to the job description. Show employers that you know what they are looking for by making sure your resume highlights skills and experience they asked for in the job description.
Customize your cover letter to use some of the key words or other language from the job description to show how your skills match up.
In the interview, show that you did your homework on the company and the job opportunity by referencing specific requirements identified in the job description.
Be tech savvy. Technology is changing fast and that is impacting almost every career. Finding a candidate who is already up to speed is a huge benefit to employers.
Make sure you know the latest technologies being used by the top companies in your industry. Then get training or attend classes so you can use those technologies.
Keep your skill set current. There are free classes at places like the Apple Store or inexpensive classes in community ed programs
Earn your way up. Companies are increasingly hiring from their intern group or promoting from their entry-level position set.
Keep your mind open to those options, even if unpaid or low paid now, as they could help you more quickly advance your career later.
Rasmussen college career expo is free and open to the public.
Dates and locations:
• Brooklyn Park campus: Wednesday Sept. 11, 5-7:30 pm
• Eagan Campus: Thursday Sept. 12 5-7:30 pm.
Be sure to dress business professional, as you never know-a conversation at the Expo may just land you an interview.
(Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )