... and “cast it deftly” (Curran and Greenwald in Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads).
Distinguishing yourself from the pack isn’t necessarily all that difficult. But perhaps the greatest obstacle to finding what sets you apart is the lack of effort made to get inside the head of your potential employer and look at things from their perspective.
What can you do that will add value to the organization where you want to work? What do you have through transferable skills or special interests that could help you to meet a company need?
Consider Chris, a government major, whose first failed application to become a diplomat woke him up to the fact that more foreign language skills could open a door door for him. Or Todd, a music major, with a passion for musical entrepreneurship, learned how to repair and restore musical instruments and then proposed himself as the one to do just that at a school where he identified through research had such a need. No job was posted; he created one for himself.
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads is full of stories just like those of Chris and Todd. perhaps reading a few of these stories could help you capture a vision for finding your own hook and getting the attention of employers.
Are you up to the challenge of this fifth and final smart move for liberal arts grads?
-Sharon M. Givler, director of career development