On Saturday 10th September 2016, JobsTT participated in the fifth annual PYLARRtt Program at St. Jude’s Home for Girls. JobsTT sponsored the Resume Preparation segment of the Career Advice/Cash Management day.
The participating girls learned how to compose a resume, informed about the Trinidad and Tobago job market at present and was treated to lunch. JobsTT is proud to help a great initiative created by PYLARRtt, who aims to supply young women with the emotional and technical tools to succeed in life.
Apart from popular belief, skills aren’t as hard to acquire once you put in the appropriate time and effort. Additionally, there is an upsurge of apps and websites that cater to making learning easier, so it’s almost impossible not to have at least one skill that can help your resume stand out.
Here are five skills you can learn to boost your worth as a job-seeker:
You can learn more than six languages using the Duolingo app. It takes minutes to download and seconds to set up. All you need to do is practice when you have some downtime. Just think in three months you can be fluent in another language!
Do you like to write stories, take photos or paint portraits? Create an online portfolio on websites such as wix.com that have templates just to showcase your talent. This way you can highlight your dedication to your craft and confidence in your skill.
Take your interest in a sport or exercise activity to another level. For example, if you love yoga so much, why not get a certificate in it? Or become an instructor? Though it may not be a career path, it would be a great accomplishment and skill to have in your back pocket!
Voluntary positions are not a priority for a job-seeker, but it can lead to a career. Volunteering in a charity or non-profit organization can solidify your interest into a particular career field. Volunteering is also a great networking opportunity!
Visit skillshare.com to learn a new skill each day! This website encourages you to learn creative skills in just 15 minutes a day with bite-sized lessons you can fit in anywhere. You can join a class, watch short lessons or learn by doing. Find a skill you never knew you had!
Each job application is unique and may ask for different qualifications and experience based on the employer’s needs. It is important to read the job description before sending in your application. From the job description, you can use keywords to streamline your cover letter and resume to the job position. Matching up roles and skill set lets the hiring manager notice that your application is worth reviewing.
Though some applications do not ask for a cover letter at times, the candidate on the job hunt should always have a cover letter template to refer to in case an application calls for it.
There are some misconceptions as to how a cover letter should look. Many candidates repeat the information on their resume – which is totally wrong.
Here are some tips on how to write a great cover letter:
DO NOT repeat your resume
A cover letter is a safe space for you to single out projects or accomplishments at a job position you mentioned in your resume. You can highlight your leadership, communicative and project management skills depending on the position you are applying for.
Who you are
Your contact information
What position you are applying for
How you learned about the job
Keep it SHORT
Be assertive and to the point. The recruiter does not need to know your life story, only the ones that matter to the job in question. Three paragraphs should be enough!
STAY AWAY from generic phrases like:
“I’m everything that you’re looking for… and more!”
“Thank you for taking the time to read my resume.”
“My skills and experience are an excellent fit for this position.”
“I am an experienced, goal-oriented team player.”
Making general statements does not give the employer a sense of who you are. Instead, explain why you are a great fit by giving examples.
CHECK spelling and grammar
Your cover letter is your introduction to your possible employer, so please make sure and double check your spelling and grammar before hitting send. Loads of online grammar websites can help you check your document.
It’s in your best interest to avoid the cliche words that HR managers see way too often on resumes. Expand your vocabulary and think of more creative ways to to describe yourself even if the description of the following phrases are accurate. Continue reading →
Ok. Maybe the title of this article is a bit misleading as there’s no such thing as a perfect cover letter. The trick to writing a ‘perfect’ cover letter is understanding that the cover letter differs based on the employer and job you’re applying for. There are however some guidelines to help you write the best one you possibly can.