- Workshop your resume and cover letter with trusted friends, family, and teachers. They will help you to tweak things in your presentation that may help your application stand out and put you in the best light. Update your linkedin/social media to reflect the image you want, or make private.
- Develop new skills where you feel your resume may be lacking. Depending on the types of jobs you are applying for, you may want to invest in online courses for Quickbooks, Coding (codeacadamy.com is great), Microsoft products, photoshop, etc. Once you take any of these courses you can reference them in your resume/CV. In addition to having the skill, it will also show that you take initiative (which is something employers look for)
- If you are able to enroll in a mentorship program. This will help to extend your reach and professional network.
- Create something. Find a creative outlet to express yourself: make a video, learn how to edit, scrapbook, teach yourself something new. It will keep you busy and also help you develop problem solving skills. You can also talk about this in your interview(s) which will surely happen.
- Be patient. Employers are receiving a lot of applications right now and it may take several weeks for them to process them. If you hear nothing after 2 weeks, don't be shy about politely emailing them to check in on whether they have any updates on the position.
Maggie recommends the following next steps:
- Workshop your resume and cover letter with trusted friends, family, and teachers.
- Develop skills you feel may strengthen your resume
- Research mentoring programs. This may extend your professional network