Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stand out with an English major!

"If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all." (Blues refrain.) Feel this is true of your job search? Here are three ways to make your own good luck!

What do Lady Gaga and your job search have in common? The "von Restorff Effect"--being slightly different from all the other candidates for a job can get you noticed. Now clearly--I'm not telling you to dress up in a Gaga-esque outfit, or even to typeset your resume in the dreaded Comic Sans. There has to be substance behind your idosyncratic, quirky personality if you are to be recognized in a good way.

Finally: nobody is going to hire you because you can read Beowulf in the original Old English: HWÆT, WE GAR-DEna in geardagum, / þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon, / hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon! (Say what?)

         But an employer might be impressed with your ability to learn new things if you add on a minor in computer science, or learn coding at http://code.org/. Or perhaps you can add on some of the other things in this article to your standard-issue English degree!

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