April 22, 2019

Developing Organizational Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

By B&SC Career Services Team

Developing Organizational Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Many of the skills you learn and practice through your degree program at Bryant & Stratton College are designed to carry over to your professional life as well. Read about how organizational skills on your resume can help set you up for your dream job.

Did you know the same organizational skills you used to obtain your degree are equally helpful when it comes to landing your dream job? Reading and following directions, paying attention to detail, and time management are all examples of traits prospective employers are looking for. Your penchant for organization will be visible before you are ever hired. It is evidenced by a fabulous resume, a perfectly executed job application, a detailed business plan, and thoughtful responses to interview questions. In fact, your organizational skills will come into play repeatedly as you begin to apply and interview for future jobs. Here’s how:

Creating Your Resume

Your resume is often the first glimpse a future employer has of your abilities. This is especially true in an era when jobs are often applied for online, without any human contact. Each company is going to be looking for something a little different. It’s your job to tailor each resume in a manner that reflects how you are the exact person they’re seeking. Your organizational skills will allow you to keep track of what companies are looking for, the types of credentials and/or information they’re requesting from applicants, as well noting the company’s brand. Pay attention to the tone of a company’s website, and how they word their job descriptions. This will help you craft a resume more in sync with their business’ personality. Resumes that are more company- and industry-specific will grab HR’s attention.

Managing your time

There is a good chance your time management skills have already been put to the test in order for you to be successful at juggling work and family responsibilities while getting your online degree. Now, these skills can pay off as you start your job hunt. Once you have applied for jobs and submitted your resume, human resources departments who are interested in what you have to offer will contact you. Your calendar must be up-to-date so you can schedule interviews at a moment’s notice. In a competitive market, you must be clear about your availability, and you want to make sure you are always on time to every initial interview as well as callback interviews.

Being Prepared for the Interview

In addition to specific education, training, and skills required for a particular job, employers are also looking for three general skill sets. These include basic skills such as reading and writing, critical thinking skills, and personal qualities and abilities. Organizational skills fall under the subset of critical thinking. A list of organizational skills includes:

  • Your ability to think on your feet.
  • Knowing what responses to prioritize.
  • Being able to recall real-life scenarios demonstrating your abilities.

These skills can be the icing on the cake for an interested employer. When you sit in front of an interview panel and provide thoughtful, organized responses, it is noted. If you are asked to give an example of how you would deal with a particular situation and you reach into your portfolio to share a specific project or report from your internship experience and tie it into their questions, your organizational skills shine.

Bryant and Stratton can help you put the finishing touches on your organizational skills as you begin your future job searches. Our Career Services center will help you gain the skills you need to land your dream job. Not a student yet? Contact the Admissions office for information on how you can add new skills to your resume.

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