In this virtual environment, interviews and entire internships are going to be virtual. How will you impress hiring managers? Competition is greater because you will complete again applicants in other locations.
Here are some ways to stand out:
- Boost your online presence.
Having a robust LinkedIn profile is essential, but having a personal website to showcase your projects, and personality is a differentiator (depending on the field which you are pursuing).
- Showcase the right experience on your resume
If you don’t have a lot of experience, think about school projects, volunteer work or clubs. This can make you stand out with your extracurricular experiences highlighting leadership, time management and other skills. Another competency to highlight would be virtual collaboration and the remote work technologies you are familiar with. This is not going away.
- Grow your network
This is KEY! A huge percentage of jobs are not posted. It’s important to build your network, but in a strategic way. Are you part of a club? Did you connect with the speaker following the presentation and thank them? I know this makes most of you uncomfortable but reaching out is the best way for you to get connected with the right people. Don’t just reach out when you need something, share something that might interest them, thank them for speaking with you.
- Set up informational interviews
This is the best way to learn about career paths, companies, industries and more. I know this is another thing that makes most of you uncomfortable, but remember others were in your position, and it is their turn to pay it forward. While asking strangers for help might feel intimidating, you will be surprised how many people are willing to help. Ask for 20 minutes, everyone can spare that. Be prepared with questions, express interest in their journey and learn from their experiences. DO NOT forget to send a thank you note, and stay in touch with them. This will help build the relationship.