Before you even start your job search, create a toolkit with the right items needed to hit the ground running. A construction worker wouldn’t go to a job without bringing the right tools to build a specific structure. It’s the same concept for you.
In addition to your resume and cover letter, here are some other critical basic tools you need:
- Business Card: Your business card is your first introduction of you as a professional. Hand them out to EVERYONE you meet.
- Phone Number: Use a phone number where you are the only one checking messages. You can’t expect your family or roommates to make the right impression.
- Email Address: Create an email address that sounds professional. If you can, set up a special email address with your name.
- Elevator Pitch: It is critical to be able to explain what you’re looking for in a few succinct sentences. Therefore, prepare a clear, easily understood statement about who you are, what you’re looking for and what your competitive edge is.
Other tools may include multiple cover letters for different areas, a BLOG, Twitter account, website, brochure, organization affiliation, LinkedIn page, etc. Utilizing multiple tools to market/brand yourself will help you portray a consistent, professional, sophisticated impression to your targeted audience.