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Stuck at Step 1?
Step 1: Focus on Your Selling PointsMany job seekers get stuck here. It's much easier to read a help-wanted ad and say "I can do that," than to define your own selling points. (The good news is: if you get past this step you have "lost" much of the competition. You won't be one of 200 applying for an "I can do that" job--you'll be closer to spotting the employers who aren't drowning in resumes and applications.)
GETTING UNSTUCK1. Explore JobStar's Job Ad section. This time you're not looking for a job, you're looking at the position descriptions. When you see a "I can do that" requirement or need in a job ad, write it down. Create a list of "I can do that" statements. Make sure these are things you WANT to do. Then, in another column, write down PERFORMANCE statements that show where and how you have done this activity and the value to the employer.
2. Take a look at other resumes in your field with Yahoo's Resume Listings. Note that the resumes you see here aren't necessarily GOOD resumes--but you'll get an idea of how others in your field present themselves and their selling points.
3. Visit a Career Center for help with defining your selling points. Career Centers are EXCELLENT at helping you work through a definition of your selling points and goals. Classes, workshops, resource centers and individual counseling can make a big difference to your job search.
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