A recent article from Bloomberg Business titled “The Best and Worst Fonts to Use on Your Resume” caught a lot of people by surprise.
In that piece, Natalie Kitroeff explains why employers appreciate Helvetica (“professional, lighthearted, honest”) and bemoan Times New Roman (“It’s like putting on sweatpants”).
Yes, font choice is a small detail, but hey… it is often the little stuff that proves to be a big difference. In fact, a successful job search often comes down to how well we simultaneously manage expectations while delivering what the employer never saw coming.
I recently spoke with Vahick Yedgarian, professor of finance at Argosy University about the impact of the “little stuff” that makes a lasting impression. Vahick told me that as recent grads enter the job market, it is important they demonstrate mastery of the commonly expected strong interpersonal skills (emotional intelligence) — yet at the same time surprise the employer with an unexpected depth of business knowledge (social intelligence).
“Young professionals need emotional and social intelligence,” said Yedgarian. “To stand out, it’s important to be exposed to a different way of thinking in the business world. Out in the real world, it’s not all black and white.”
I agree with Professor Yedgarian. That’s why I created this “social intelligence” checklist to help you not just meet all expectations — but to, at every turn, to deliver something the employer never saw coming.
The next time you go through the application process, check off each item on this list. As you complete each step, you’ll be sure to surprise the employer with how well you already understand how business really works!
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About the Author: Danny Rubin is a communications expert for the millennial generation. He also writes the blog News To Live By, which highlights the career advice “hidden” in the headlines. His work has appeared on Huffington Post, Business Insider and the New York Times. Follow him @DannyHRubin