You are in a room waiting for an interview with 500 other people who want one thing: a job. You are all wearing the same black pants, blazer, neck tie, blouse, and shoes. There are only 10 spots open. You think to yourself, how the heck can I get this job if we all look alike and all they want is ten people? You can stand out.
With an outstanding cover letter and resume, you can project, you. The you who can stand out of a crowd of 500 or 1000 is someone with a distinct personality with experiences. It’s all about getting yourself out there, even if you hate the very thought of it. Make yourself sound amazing and let them think that if they let you go, they’ll regret their decision because you’re 100% worth it. However, that doesn’t mean that you should write that you’re some kind of macho superhero who goes into burning buildings or save cats on trees for a living. No, what you need to do is honestly write what you’ve been doing your whole life and know it like it’s on the back of your hand.
Say you did volunteer at a run. You don’t remember it but you put it down anyways, saying you saved runners from dehydrating and quenching their everlasting thirst. Cool, but if in reality you didn’t do that and it just so happens that the judges ask what you did, you’d become a blank sheet. Thinking is okay but being blank is not okay. Know what you put on your papers and expect to be questioned.
The best thing you can do is be yourself. Even if you are not going to an interview, your cover letter and resume make up the interview. They are you on papers. Be confident and proud of the lengths it took you to get here. Even if you have no experience, show you are an enthusiastic individual ready to take on the world with one fist.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Suess
But did you really think a cover letter and resume is all they look at? When they receive the you on a paper, that to them is an invitation to stalk the you as a human; because apparently, we can’t have robots running around. Okay, they actually want to see if you’re qualified to be the hard working individual said you were in the resume. Prevent them from questioning the you on the paper by never ever having disturbing photos on social media whether they are from you (way to go fam~) or a friend. The last thing they want to see is you with a solo cup and barfing on someone’s lap. Haha very funny. But you know that’s not the you everyday so don’t make them think otherwise.
On social media, present yourself properly and treat it like another interview, only they get to see and ask whatever they want! If you happen to have these types of photos or posted hate against someone (or your boss), delete them and/or deactivate the account. I don’t know if that works, but it’s a start!
So remember: be honest, be yourself, and never act up on social media.