If you are in the profession of Urban Planning and/or have been looking for your next job, you have probably come across the article from US News stating the “urban planner” is one of the top 50 best careers. The article does the typical “quick and dirty” description of our profession. The subject of the article I am writing here is actually the responses to the US News article by current or recently graduated urban planners.
Oh, the responses were brutal at times! Many pointed out the lack of current jobs and even less opportunities for entry-level planners. Several brought up the number of planners being dumped into the system by our planning schools with no realistic possibility of finding employment. There was even advice to current students to change their major by long time planners.
Those in the job hunt realize how important it is to be able to edge out your competitors. This is especially true when the economy is struggling and the job market is rough. You may have the same qualifications as ten other applicants, so it is important to find ways to make yourself stand out among your competitors. There are a few things you should and should not do during an interview that might mean the difference between being passed over and securing the job of your dreams. First, avoid talking about anything in the interview that was a problem at your past job. If you had issues with a worker’s comp lawyer or worker’s comp attorney, there is no need to bring this up in the interview. In some cases, you will be legally bound not to talk about it, but regardless of the legal issues, avoid the subject with any potential employers.
Many assume that the resume works as a list and nothing else; a list which mentions your past jobs, organizations, accomplishments and contact details. That is not the right approach to treat resumes.
Mainly, a resume is a marketing tool. It’s designed to market and sell you as the best candidate. Following the tradition of marketing tools, a resume should make sure you represent yourself in the most substantial way possible.
Mistake 1: Golden retriever Syndrome
Do not ever talk about yourself in a way that can also describe as a hunting dog, which is shown below;
“Self motivated, hard working and reliable individual.”
A Tired phrase, wasn’t it? It’s a common Language and is found in too many resumes and thus means nothing to a recruiter. Phrases like this could be applied to almost anyone, in fact, even to anyone’s dog. However, if you use the below mentioned phrase, there can be a huge difference, in fact a totally reverse reaction is expected.
When you are looking for a job, being called in for a job interview is very exciting. Out of all the applications submitted, there is something about yours that stood out above the rest. You have made the final cut. Then, you realize that the interview will determine whether you are employed or back to sending out more resumes. What can you do to ensure job interview success? What do you say? How do you answer that inevitable question: "Tell me about yourself"?