You Can't Airbrush a Resume.
There is no magical wand to wave, no special effects crew, no post-production editing team to make sure whatever you've put out there is perfect for the job you're hoping to land. Finding the right opportunity takes hard work. But hopefully you've done a lot of the work throughout your year of service: you've reflected on your strengths and challenges through IJ and LACY, you've networked with potential employers and mentors through events or email, and you've considered the values that will be important in finding work satisfaction.
Now that you have a better idea of where you might want to go next, it's time to make sure others know that you're their best candidate. There are three areas to check yourself:
1. In person. Nearly every job or school is going to ask for references. Who will you select? Who knows about your work ethic, values, and goals? Keep in mind, too, that many hiring managers will use their networks to learn more about job candidates. Which means your PM may soon be getting an email. Now is the time to make sure everything you put forth, who you are and what you do, is what you'd show to a potential employer or educator.
2. On paper. Have you updated your resume? Now is the time to do it! Even if you won't be needing it for a few days, weeks, or months, it's important to have an updated resume; you never know who might ask to see it. For great tips on creating a stellar resume, check out Beyond the Jacket: Articulating Your Service With City Year.
3. Online. Google yourself; Check the results and images. Update your LinkedIn profile. Don't have one? Not sure how to use it? Read this now! (and stay tuned for a webinar just for you in the coming weeks!) Make sure you have a professional, yet personal email address (firstname.lastname@example.org is fail-proof).
For more resources on being your best self in these three areas, check out the Career Toolkit on alumni.cityyear.org.
LACY Habit #6: Be the best version of yourself: in-person, on paper, and online.
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