Continuing along in our Job Search Checklist from A to Z blog series, O represents a quality you should strive to exhibit in your job search as well as your career: Originality.

It can be really easy during a job search to take a few shortcuts. You might “borrow” a resume you see online or even prepare standard responses to interview questions that aren’t based on your true experience. All the answers are out there, but they aren’t yours. Of course it makes sense to see what’s out there and use the information and samples you see to get you started, but you have to make it your own.

If you don’t, recruiters and employers will be able to tell the difference. They see enough resumes and interview enough people to know when things don’t add up. Hiring managers want to hear about you and why you can do they job; and they want the truth. They don’t want to hear “the perfect answer” that you read on the internet. You have to tell your own story.

So how do you do it? It’s really easy. Be yourself. Sure, you can get ideas and assistance from job search websites and such, but you have to be able to sell yourself and prove your worth to the employer. Use ideas and examples from your real experiences. The more examples and personal stories you have, the better.

Bottom line: You are an original. Make sure your job search tactics reflect that you are your own person, with your own accomplishments and story to tell. Don’t sound like everyone else who is looking for a job.

This Career Coach blog post is part of the series: Your Job Search Checklist from A to Z. If you are interested in checking out the webinar on the same topic, click here. Otherwise, keep watching the Career Coach blog for 26 job search alphabet posts.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka


Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.