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    How to stand out??

    Have been mailing resumes w/cover letters statewide, any tips on how to make yourself stand out? i-e cover letter resume, at the interview?

    Thanks for the help

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    At the interview, be yourself. For me, many of my hirings for entry level positions are based on personality and "fit" with the office. You have got to figure that you have the education or the experience to get interview to begin with so be yourself and professionally present yourself and what you can do to help them out.
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    Network.... Your resume is one of hundreds. If a potential employer can put a face to a name, you have stood out. I know this is not always an option. But if you are looking localy, then network, network, network.

    Networking might get you a job offer before a job opening is advertised.
    Whatís in a name? Ė Your reputationÖ.:)

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    I agree with networking. Other ways to stand out from other job seekers is just experience from past jobs, especially internships. Also certification/licensure (AICP, LEED-AP, RLA, AIA) can increase your credibility as a professional (some of these take several years to earn, including specific schooling, but will help make the professional stand out apart from the competition).

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    Another way to stand out and a good networking possibility may be to do some volunteer work -- for a neighborhood association, preservation group, or similar organization -- to show that you are devoted to planning enough to do it for free.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Another way to stand out and a good networking possibility may be to do some volunteer work -- .... to show that you are devoted to planning enough to do it for free.
    I agree with him because that is what I did.
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    Let me throw in my two cents.

    If you are applying for specific positions in the public sector, here's my advice: Most, if not all cities and counties, require the completion of an official application. Print legibly in black ink. If I canít read the handwriting, Iím going to have a problem. In my experience with the public sector, the resume is secondary. Finally, critically review your resume for typos and grammatical errors.

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    application. Print legibly in black ink. If I canít read the handwriting, Iím going to have a problem.
    SH*T ! Is that why I never got all those jobs I applied for....stupid BLUE ink pen !
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Let me throw in my two cents.

    If you are applying for specific positions in the public sector, here's my advice: Most, if not all cities and counties, require the completion of an official application. Print legibly in black ink. If I canít read the handwriting, Iím going to have a problem. In my experience with the public sector, the resume is secondary. Finally, critically review your resume for typos and grammatical errors.
    Black?! But, how will you know it's not just a photocopy? My agency prefers things to be signed in blue ink... (though my employment is with a state health and human services agency--maybe city planning depts. are different).

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    I think a way to stand out is to have a clear well organized resume. We get a lot of bad resumes. Planners are communicators...and if you can't communicate who you are....
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