Job Candidates: It’s Your Plans for the Future That Really Matter

black-businessman-proud-success-300x232“Even with no experience, market yourself with what you’re going to do”

Dress for the job you want instead of the one you have. This is advice that has been passed down to the younger generation for years. These words of wisdom can also be applied to your thinking and planning. Now is the time to prepare for that raise, promotion, or career change. Your past accomplishments will get you the interview or provide a spring board for the promotion, but it’ll be what you’re planning to do that will be the catalyst. Brazen Careerist offers some tips to help you get where you want to be.

How to Apply the Strategy

Your resume: Use the top of your primary marketing document to describe yourself in terms of the step you’re about to take and how you’re positioned to take it. Because this information is at the top of your resume, it’s the first thing a hiring manager will read and maybe even the part that will stick with him. (Tip: this is a smart way to use your “summary” section.) Your cover letter: Rather than regurgitating all of the accomplishments you’ve already spelled out on your resume, use your cover letter to explain why you’re the right choice for this company and this position. Yes, you can use past experience as supporting evidence, but be sure to translate that into future expected results rather than stopping where most applicants do—at detailing your responsibilities for your last few jobs.

Read more at Brazen Careerist