The Resume and Networking
After however many years it takes for us to graduate, all we have to show for ourselves at an interview is a piece of paper, and it’s not a diploma. No employer can infer your skills and abilities during the short amount of time taken during an interview. The only thing we have to show for ourselves is our resume. Through that we can attempt to communicate our skills and abilities through our past experiences. In order to standout from your peers when entering the work force for the first time, it is important to have past experience to show that is relative to the desired field of work. Looking back on my freshman year, I remember feeling like I had plenty of time to get down to building the foundation of my career in ways outside of academics. At that point in time I hadn’t even thought of a putting a resume together, never mind what I should be trying to get on it. I feel that, specifically in the business world, it is getting more and more competitive in finding jobs. Seeing as I have yet to attempt the task of finding my first job out of college, I may not know this competition to be a fact. But in my experience at career and internship fairs, the pressure is on. Everyone is trying their best to make themselves stand out from everyone else. That’s why it is important to do what it takes to make yourself more valuable. I had a wakeup call this past year. All I had on my resume were jobs at restaurants and coffee places, and I realized that I needed something more than that. I made the best decision of my college career when I joined a business fraternity. I learned valuable information, that you probably don’t learn about in school, about making the best impressions through proper professional dress, how your body language sends messages to others about the kind of person you are (good eye contact, hand shake, etc.),. I experienced the true value of networking by talking to people in the fraternity about how I was pursuing an internship with AOL. I found that one of the girls had an uncle who worked there and could help set up meetings with recruiters and give me the contact information of those who could work with me on my quest. But I had unfortunately gotten into the game too late. Yet another opportunity came my way when a speaker came in to talk to us about his word of mouth marketing company (BoldMouth), and he mentioned that he might be needing some intern help over the summer. Bingo, internship landed. It seems most people want to help you out if they can. And through having an internship, you meet even more people and contacts. Turned out the CEO, Todd Tweedy, of BoldMouth used to work at AOL as well and could also get me help with an internship there for next summer. So just talking to relatives and friends about what you are trying to accomplish may turnout to be the easy way to get in on what you want and get your resume looking that much better.