Pick my brain, please! I gave my students 15 minutes to brainstorm topics for the Airbubble blog where I provide a running brain dump of what a teacher is really thinking. No holds barred. Ask it, and I’ll discuss. Here’s what 15 minutes of freestyle thinking produced – a blog about careers.
Seriously? I was all primed to do some good old style teacher trash talking and the most common topic submission was resumes and interviews. Just like my students to focus on themselves.
So here we go. I’m going to talk about a mysterious illness called the Pizza Delivery Syndrome. Or – what happens when the only thing on your resume is the low level part time job you’ve been snoozing through for the last few years? No mystery here – it’s going to be pretty hard to distinguish yourself in the crowd of recent grads when there is nothing on your resume that stands out. And no, you can’t say you went to Harvard if you didn’t. My suggestion – stop reading and start looking for opportunities that you can build a story around.
Here’s an example. Start something on your campus. You don’t need to cure cancer; you just need to initiate something. It’s the story that counts and the learning you acquired through the process of starting something.
Let’s use the example of Student X. For argument sake, I’ll call him Greg. Greg approached me recently and asked if he could restart the Marketing Club on campus. I’m assuming that’s a rhetorical question because undoubtedly the answer is Yes! Yes! Yes! Why? – Because now Greg can regale his future employer with the steps he took to create something from scratch. It’s called leadership and employers love it.
By the time Greg is half way though his detailed explanation of how he petitioned the student government and secured a budget for his fledgling club, his future employer will have jumped on his desk in exaltation. “We love ya, kid. Here’s your offer letter!”
Bottom line, opportunity exists and you need to seek out opportunities that provide a platform to promote yourself. And don’t forget the most obvious opportunity – your professors are creating an environment that will allow you to perform to your highest potential. That achievement is captured in a number less than 5 and hopefully greater zero – your GPA. Get it higher than a 3.0 and you’ll have something to put on your resume.