Applying for a job requires that you take a look at your background, your work experience, and your education, and think about how they’ve prepared you for your target position. And this is especially important when you’re switching careers–or when you’re applying for a one-of-a-kind job, for which there isn’t really an obvious career path. Career switchers can look back at their experience (remembering that not all experience is gained in paid positions), and see how it matches up to the target job. For instance, if you’re a finance person moving into event planning, perhaps your experience planning local PTA meetings is relevant. (For more tips on career switching, read ” Jump-Start Your Career Change .”) Then there are those one-of-a-kind opportunities. A great example is the role VP of Pop Culture for popchips and Ashton Kutcher . It’s an incredibly cool job! And there are only a couple of days left to apply. But you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have any experience as a VP of Pop Culture.” That’s where you have to get creative. Look at your background, and see what’s applicable. Have you ever: * worked on a school newspaper? * gotten 1,000,000 people to like something on Facebook? * won a talent show? * been a Trivial Pursuit champion? * sold more Girl Scout cookies than anyone in your state? Do you: * read 20 pop-culture, fashion, and celebrity blogs daily? * have a Twitter following that rivals @aplusk ? * speak in #hashtags? * make friends in every grocery-store line you’re in? * love snacking? These are all qualities and skills that will help you in your quest to become the next VP of Pop Culture. Apply today (or just check out the competitors and vote for your favorite)!
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You Can Do It: Finding Transferable Skills