When it comes to finding a career that works for you, you will need to market yourself. Your resume is a marketing tool. You are marketing yourself when you are doing interviews. Marketing is what gets you a job, just like it is what a business uses to get clients.
When it comes to marketing yourself it can sometimes feel difficult, since you may feel like you’re tooting your own horn and worrying about it sounding like you are stuck on yourself. Here are some tips on how to market “you” and be one step (or more) closer to your dream career.
Money For Marketing
You are going to need to have some money to put into yourself. Marketing yourself means having business cards, a good resume, and knowing how to write a stellar cover letter. You definitely should invest in well-made business cards, don’t just print them on your own. If you need money for such things a small personal or payday loan could easily get you the cash you need to better promote yourself.
If you don’t know how to write a good resume or cover letter you should reach out to people that do. You may need to pay to get a professional resume done, or you might want to pay to take a class on resume and cover letter writing.
Business cards are something you can have on you at all times and leave with anyone you talk to. You never know when you might run into someone that can help you get the job of your dreams. That business card shows them that you are serious about getting that job, so have them on you always.
Having an online portfolio is just as important as having a well-written resume. Although, your portfolio online depends on what type of work you’re looking for. You may be able to get away with an account on LinkedIn if you don’t have a lot of “samples” of your work you need to show people.
If you want to be a professional photographer you really need to have a portfolio that shows your skills and the type of photography you’re able to do. Writers need this, and even website designers do as well.
Resumes And More
Your resume needs to be perfect since it could determine whether or not you even get called in for an interview in the first place. More goes into an interview that just your work history and college experience. You need it to have the right font and even be on the right paper stock.
If you aren’t skilled at resumes and cover letter you should spend some time reading tips online. Don’t just throw something together and hope it’s good enough.