As students start to finish up the school year and begin to apply for summer jobs or prepare for a career in the industry of their choosing, they may be asking themselves what they can do to stand out to employers.
In this video, LinkedIn Editor-in-Chief Dan Roth explains that while the questions of “who do you know?” and “where did you go to school?” are still valuable in making connections, when it comes to hiring, employers really only need to know one thing: ‘what can you do’?
Everybody has skills. Keeping them sharp and knowing how to use them to advertise yourself is key to helping you stand out, stay competitive, and future-proof your career.
To show you how this is true even on PEI, we recently spoke with Kaye Kelly, Community Manager, RBC.
“If I see a resumé with lots of education, that’s good, but I want to see how you have applied it,” says Kaye. “A university degree in arts, business, or science shows your ability to understand complex things, however, a degree is not mandatory. We also hire people who stayed home to raise their kids and now want to come back into the workforce. I look at their education and previous work experience to see if their skills can transition to banking.”
Career Development Professionals (CDPs) can help you identify your skills, put you on the path to develop or sharpen your skills, and help with career planning and preparation such as resumés and cover letters, job interviews, and more. For a list of CDPs in your area, click here.