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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.

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Life in Publishing

Job Search Tip #3: Be Prepared At All Times For A New Opportunity

I’m a bit of a believer in karma. I think sometimes when you are truly ready for something good to happen, it will. That being said you need to be ready to receive it!

So if you’re on the job hunt make sure you have an interview outfit that’s well-fitted, pressed and ready to be worn at the drop of a hat. Get thank you cards and stamps, and printer ink for resumes. Make sure your voicemail is appropriate and that your roommate knows job prospects may be calling (so they don’t answer with “S’up homeslice?”). Double-check that your list of references is up-to-date. Make sure your LinkedIn profile, portfolio and resume are all current as well. A little feng shui may not hurt either.

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