As the Associate Director of JobLink, I have the privilege of developing the monthly newsletter based off the input of the entire JobLink team. Every month we try to cater to relevant issues facing our members, offering advice and motivation to help you keep going in a job market that is exponentially worse for young professionals. Through this process, we try to better understand a central YPFP question: What characteristics constitute our generation, a generation that will inevitably be the “foreign policy leaders of the future?”
Make no mistake; the current state of what we call the “hiring process” is brutal. Developing in step with a job market that caters to innovation, commitment and going beyond what has been traditionally required of applicants, the hiring process our generation faces is unique in its efficient syphoning of candidates.
And yet, as disparaging as it may seem, the current state of affairs caters perfectly to what we at YPFP believe are the foundations of our generation and its ability to lead in the future.
Our generation is more connected, more globally aware, more flexible and more confident in our ability to change the status quo than any previous generation. Within the confines of the hiring process, the facets that are daunting to others work to our advantage.
For example, since a perfectly manicured resume is no longer enough during the application process, sites like ResumUp, visualize.me, and VisualCV offer new dynamic ways of presenting yourself, highlighting your ability to think outside conventional means in the process.
Additionally, the idea of social networking, its impact and its application is a lasting product of our generation. The fact that recruiters pay more attention to social networking gives us a leg up. In the same sense that social networking has to come to define our generation, social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter should be utilized to show prospective employers the finite details that help define you.
Lastly, we are a generation upon which the idea of fleeting opportunity is not lost. We understand that given the chance to prove ourselves we will take it by “the scruff of the neck” and make it our own. The personal characteristics that fuel the desire to succeed, to learn and to never be completely satisfied, which reside in every future foreign policy leader at YPFP, are the same characteristics that will help you successfully traverse the hiring process.