As more experienced workers compete for entry-level jobs, younger job candidates need to distinguish themselves by expressing passion for the job and showing they're willing to be flexible, career experts say. "Enjoy working with a Black[B]erry 24/7? Can you work later hours or come in earlier than most? Show that your value to the firm extends beyond 9 to 5," one says.
Don't lapse into using "texting shorthand" for business communications, Kristen Fife advises. "If you don't use proper grammar ... and full, correctly spelled words then it indicates that you are more casual and somewhat sloppy in your work life," she writes.
If you've been jobless for six months or more, one way to stay marketable is by volunteering, which can help you learn new skills, show you've kept busy and bring you networking contacts, experts say. Try to find a volunteer effort with relevant skills so you can put them on your résumé, they say.
LinkedIn can help you connect with others, but make sure you don't make common goofs such as failing to fill out your profile and cramming too much information into the space provided, Laura Smith-Proulx writes.