4 Things Job Seekers Need to Add to Their Applications ASAP

We are living in a digital world.  And, that has affected every aspect of our lives — including the way we work and apply for jobs.

Plus, the circumstances we’re now experiencing, from an ongoing pandemic to the Great Resignation, are transforming the hiring process in myriad ways.

Now, a resume alone won’t cut it when you’re trying to land that coveted role. While the job market is on the candidate’s side, you still need to find a way to stand out from other qualified professionals.

LinkedIn profile

Many recruiters and hiring managers look to LinkedIn first, before even reviewing the candidate’s resume. Your profile shouldn’t replace your resume, though.

It should tell a cohesive story about who you are as a professional. Use key components like a headline, professional photo, recommendations, work history, credentials, publications, and more to present a narrative of your career story.

Portfolio

In many fields, hiring managers want to see samples of your work so they can get a taste of your skills and style. Showcase your qualifications with a virtual portfolio.

If you’re a writer, you should have clips of your articles and bylines on a website, while a filmmaker might offer clips. A software developer, too, can highlight work samples of projects.

Courses and credentials

There are many opportunities to upskill today. Consider, for example, the numerous MOOC markets — Coursera, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, Khan Academy, Udacity and edX, to name just a few.

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