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Good article on 11 Startup Skills You Won’t Learn in School

Article in Inc. by Young Entrepreneur Council  @YEC

 

New Graduate Resume and Networking Tips:

I attended a Speed Networking event at San Francisco State University, and put together some quick tips for new grads getting ready to look for their first full time job. Let me know if you have some basics to add:

  1. Include all skills: specific programs and generic program names. Important for recruiter resume searches and brief resume review by a hiring manager.
    CRM, Salesforce
    Project Management Software, Primavera P6
    PowerPoint, Prezi, Presentation Software
  2. Many hiring managers are extremely judgmental of spelling, punctuation, resume formatting, alignment, etc. Have others review your work. Print it and look at it with fresh eyes.
  3. Include work samples if applicable: an online portfolio (art or webdev), code samples (software), project pictures, writing sample, CAD sample, process improvement, etc.
  4. Industry experience, ex: Digital Marketing, Mobile Applications, Retail Sales, Nonprofit
  5. List work or internship experience.
    Give a reference name for each, but no contact information. Let them call you for that, but they may recognize the name.
  6. $$, ##’s: Have you been part of a project that saved money or boosted numbers? Be specific….
    How you changed a process, introduced a new vendor, created a social presence that drove new sales, etc.
  7. What did you own on a project, or significanly impact?
  8. Cut out words like “helped” and “assisted” wherever possible and be more detailed on your contribution.
  9. List your key or specialty courses (ex: Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning)
  10. List professors in key courses who can be references.
  11. List volunteer activities, and give reference names.
  12. Hobbies: List some that may be related to the job, or which give a sense of your personality. Sports show you are healthy, can work on teams, and are likely healthy.
  13. Line up your references and let them know when they may be expecting a call. They also may have other job opportunity suggestions for you! Keep a list of your references on GoogleDocs for easy, timely sharing. Do not OVERUSE or over-introduce these people – only share full reference contact detail when a hiring manager is serious about considering you for a position.
    Include:
    –Name
    –Current Company/Title
    –Company/Title/Relationship when you worked together -or- School/Class
    –Phone (work, mobile)
    –Email
    –Time Zone
    –Best time/way to contact
  14. LinkedIn.com – Use It!!! Make sure it is consistent with your resume.
    –Link with interesting people: parents of friends, professors, students, work/intern colleagues, recruiters, neighbors.
    –Actively continue linking – calendar time to touch LinkedIn once per week.
    –Request recommendations and post them.
    –Search for contacts at the companies you are interested in. Ask for introductions through your connections.
    Call people for informational interviews.
    –Search for recruiters and HR personnel at the companies you are interested in. Link with and contact them.
    –Track these contacts, your contact attempts and methods, dates, and repeat at least monthly.
    –Gather company information.
    –Look at job postings on LinkedIn.
    –Join groups.
    –Set alerts for news from companies you are interested in: Also do this on Google.
  15. Meetup.com – search for your specialty/industry; then join, attend, network, connect, and link.
  16. Scan the online job boards (Craig’s List, Indeed.com, Dice, etc.), or search online for keyword combos and the word “job” or “apply”. If you apply, personalize your resume submission with a letter that targets your matching points to the job requirements.
  17. Online Community Participation: write or participate on blogs; write reviews for books in your field online (ie: on Amazon); ask questions on LinkedIn and Meetup groups; join open source or coding groups, etc.
  18. Learn about a company before you interview. TechCrunch, LinkedIn, Google it, industry magazines, contact people there for informational interviews, etc.

New Grads: “Want a Job? Get an Internship First!”

Interesting short podcast from American Pulic Media – Marketplace on Education.
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/education/want-job-get-internship-first#.UTvCX_ebaBo.email

This story emphasizes the heightened Importance of internships in today’s job market to bridge the gap between your college degree and your first job. Hiring managers are far more likely to consider new grads with experience working with others, collaborating on a team, and solving real problems. Experiential learning is weighed more heavily by some than grades and college name. Hiring managers are increasingly finding that even those exiting a good school with a “practical” degree struggle without the real-life test-drive of teaming, communication, and collaboration.

Employers claim that colleges are doing a fair to poor job today of preparing successful employees. I have to wonder of some of this disappointment is exacerbated by our societal shift toward texting as a primary form of communication. SO much critical work is still best shared and communicated by phone and in person, in my experience.

Employers’ advice: Work on interviewing skills and study up on the organization and industry you are applying to. A degree alone with good grades from a good school should be accompanied by an internship to show your “practical” side. Solid writing and communication skills, adaptability, teaming, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities are the gold standard.

As a recruiter, I know that internships also frequently turn into job opportunities after graduation, and will start your career networking and reference connections.

If you are a college student majoring in computer science, math, or information systems interested in an internship, do contact me for an opportunity in San Francisco / Bay Area!