Job Choices 2012 - Business - (Page 22)
From Student . . . to Professional
by Marianne E. Green
You’re not exaggerating or bragging if you accurately, but positively, interpret what you have accomplished.
Many seniors can tick off their laundry list of co-curricular and career-related activities they believe will enhance their marketability. But before you write a resume or start your job search, take the time to fully evaluate the meaning of your experiences. How you portray your experiences on your resume or in the interview will either forge links from your studentbased activities to a professional career or leave employers asking, “So what?” Help employers view you as a potential colleague and contributor to their organization by using these nine tips to effectively interpret your experiences and reveal their career-related implications.
Acknowledge the fact that your experience counts!
You’re not exaggerating or bragging if you accurately, but positively, interpret what you have accomplished in jobs, internships, and activities. If you think of yourself as “just” an intern, “only” a volunteer, or “merely” a club member, and express this attitude in words and writing, employers will tend to see you in this light as well. Instead, start thinking of yourself as a young professional who has taken the first steps toward active participation in a field.
Use the vocabulary of your chosen ﬁeld whenever possible on your resume and during the interview.
Every occupation has a unique set of words to describe tasks and activities. Familiarize yourself with these terms, phrases, and buzzwords, using them whenever applicable. Are you a budding sales professional? Incorporate the terms “prospect strategies,” “strategic marketing,” “cold calling,” and “value-added selling.” Is an advertising job in your future? Use the phrases “page layout,” “client presentations,” “ad order placement,” and “prospect identiﬁcation” to describe your internship experiences. Many organizations will select resumes for review on the basis of a search for speciﬁc words and phrases. Make sure, though, that you use your ﬁeld’s specialized vocabulary correctly and in the right context.
Marianne E. Green is Assistant Director of Experiential Programs at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Majoring in Success and Internship Success, and is a frequent contributor to professional publications.
Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students: 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices 2012 - Business
Job Choices 2012 - Business
Opportunities by Employers/Website Index
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
Starting a Successful Job Search
Strategies for Succeeding in a Competitive Job Market
The Networking Challenge
Making Career Fairs Work for You
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
USAJOBS Work for America
From Student to Professional
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Write the Right Resume for the Job You’re Seeking
A New Tool: QR Codes
Your Online Presence and Your Job Search
The Online Application
Secrets to Interview Success
Ready for a Webcam Interview?
Interviewing Tips and Types
How Good Are Your Interviewing Skills?
The Critical First Year on the Job
Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program
Going on to Grad School
Job Choices 2012 - Business