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How to Set Yourself and Your Resume Apart From the Rest

In the current job market, you may be wondering what you can do to stand apart from the other applicants in the pile (or inbox) of resumes.

Lauren Gardner, the head of global talent acquisition at Microsoft, has years of experience reviewing resumes and knows what employers are looking for.

Ultimately, employers want a good fit for their team, so they are interested in you as a person. They also want to know that you have what it takes and are willing to become a part of their team and organization. This entails being open to learning, growing, and developing as an employee and as a person.

Your resume should show that you are motivated to learn and grow, or that you are open to developing new skills. This can be achieved by describing what new strengths or lessons you have gained from a past job and ensuring keywords related to learning and growing are utilized in your resume.

If you have been at the same job for many years, you can still demonstrate constant learning and growth. You can describe how you have been a part of different projects or initiatives, worked with different teams and or departments, joined committees or taken on more responsibilities during the span of your employment.

For more in-depth details, check out the interview with Lauren Gardner where she shares that employers are looking for “Learn-it-alls”, not “Know-it-alls”:



Job Shadowing

Are you looking for a new career but unclear on the direction you would like to go? Are you wanting to pursue post-secondary education but not sure what career appeals to you? Job shadowing can be an excellent way to learn about a professional’s day-to-day responsibilities and decide whether their career appeals to you and aligns with your values and beliefs. It can also provide valuable opportunities to network with professionals in your chosen field.

A job shadowing experience allows you to explore a specific career of interest by observing an employee perform their work duties at their place of employment. The experience should provide realistic career information that will help you in making a career choice.

Job shadowing can provide enough information about this position of interest to alleviate the fear of the unknown and gain a bigger picture of the requirements for the position. For example, I had a client who loved to spend time with seniors; she enjoyed listening to their stories and asking questions, organizing arts and crafts, and helping them with chores. She was positive that being a Health Care Aide would be the perfect position for her! She met with a Health Care Aide at a senior’s facility, shadowed her for the day, and realized there were some aspects of the job she was not comfortable doing. One day of job shadowing helped with her career decision. This client is still in the helping field but in a position more suited to her skills and preferences.

Tips for a Successful Experience

Before you arrive for your job-shadowing experience, be clear on all the details. Be sure to confirm a time to arrive; location; what to wear and anything else you may need to bring, and ask what the COVID 19 protocol is within the organization and follow all required procedures.

Do your research! Know as much about the company as possible. Jot down some notes and questions to ask. This will create a good impression; it will show initiative and help you learn more from the experience. At the end of the day, thank everyone for their time, maintain eye contact, and ask for their business cards. Sending them a personal thank you or email after you have completed shadowing can make a strong final impression.

You might have had a great job shadowing experience but realized that this is not the career for you. Stay positive and professional! You have learned so much and made some great contacts in the process.


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#110-198 East Island Hwy,
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Fax. 250.248.4154

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#110-198 East Island Hwy
Parksville, BC V9P 2H3
Tel. 250.248.3205
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm