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Job Search Tip #7: Be A Bit Dramatic

My next tip has been inspired by all of the great TIFF movies I’ve seen so far (I give both Jeff, Who Lives At Home and Like Crazy 4/5 stars). You need to stand out in the crowd. Have some flair. Possess a certain je ne sais quoi.  Add a bit of drama to the job application process.

However this doesn’t mean acting strange or gimmickey (unless you’re in marketing. Then you need to assess the situation based on the company you are applying to). Some subtle suggestions? Change up your resume by switching the fonts to something other than Times New Roman and making your name really stand out. Wear one bright colour in the interview through a ring, shoe or tie. Have a flashy or funny website that says something about you and your interests.

Do not go overboard and make yourself look nuts by sporting a crazy outfit or tap dancing in your interview (unless they ask you to). You want to show personality as well as professionalism. Super conservative and formal work places probably aren’t the best place for trying these out, but as humans we generally respond well to drama and storytelling. Being remembered can be hard when lots of people are being interviewed so a bit of pizazz is okay. Just make sure you have the substance beneath the flash by doing your homework.

Lifestyle, Online, Writing

Assistant Editor Pieces For

Picture 8As an Assistant Editor at, a career portal for students and recent graduates, I had the opportunity to pitch and write stories for a Gen-Y audience. This was a virtual internship where I was required to edit the work of my peers on a weekly basis and contribute the website’s comments and forum.

Below is a sampling of stories published between May to December of 2010.

Is A University Degree Worth $1 Million?

To Write A Resume Objective Or Not – Alternatives To The Objective

How to talk about your greatest personal accomplishment in a job interview

My LinkedIn Makeover: The Basics

My LinkedIn Makeover: The Final Touches

How To Hatch A Career In Accounting Without Accounting-Related Education

3 New Jobs In Internet Marketing And Sales, And How You Can Get One

The Top 5 Ways To Use Your Holiday Downtime To Find A Job

5 Questions You Shouldn’t Ask During Your Interview

Resume Help: How To Write A Resume Objective