Do you remember that time when the recruiter told you:
“I’m sorry, I’m looking for someone with more experience”
And it sucked. Really, REALLY bad.
The worst part is that you can’t even yell at them.
Yet, everyone who gets rejected walks away with the same question in their head : ” How am I supposed to get the experience if I don’t get the chance to get it?!! ”
At the time of the incident, I was a freshman so I had no job experience. Nothing. I think I just wrote I had working with my dad on my resume (and, of course, the golden MS Office).
I didn’t really know what to do.
So, I decided to start from scratch.
I asked myself ” What could I possibly do to fill up my resume with “experience” and impress people? ”
Here is my secret:
I made my own project. Then owned it.
As funny as it sounds (and simple at heart), you’re probably thinking ” Great. I know that. That’s not new.”
And it’s true. It’s not.
But, how many of you have done that? The truth is that most of us don’t do it since we think we will either a) waste our time or b) won’t work because it is too difficult to do.
Well, here is an easy solution to that problem.
1. Go To Instructables.com and search for a project
It can be anything! As long as it’s not cooking and looks like you played with electricity, that is good enough. Search for a project that would probably be involved with your major.
For example, if you are a mechanical engineering student, type mechanical engineering in the search bar. Also, if there is a specific job you are trying to get, use those specific words (ex. Robotics Chairs or Water Treatment Tissue).
2. Select the coolest project you can find out of the search results
When you start a new project, you need to be excited. If you think the project is interesting, you’ll be more than happy to work hard at it. The more excited you are about the project, the more willing you will be to do it and the more attached you will be to it.
3. Follow the instructions and “improve” it
Once you got your project, hurry up and finish it.
Since instructables.com gives you step-by-step instructions, you’ll get bored following them. So, once it is completed, read the comments section and look for one thing someone suggested you could add to it (or just make up your own addition).
A good example would be if you were making a LED lighting system, add a sound sensor so anytime it hears the word “Mario”, all the lights spell it out.
That would be cool. I’d buy it.
4. Brag About It
This is the most important thing you could do: Brag and Be Proud.
When you like what you did (and you learned from it), it will be SUPER easy for you to talk about it again. Use your friends as practice and when you finally have to give your resume, you got plenty to talk about.
Check me out. I’m bragging about this newsletter 😉
So, try it out and let me know your results. Don’t hold yourself back. Take action otherwise your resume will be just as blank as when you first printed one out.
I hope you enjoyed this tip. Like I said before, my newsletter will reveal all the tips I’ve used to get everything from nothing.There are tons more just like this one waiting for you. I can’t wait to send more!
Bragging about his new site,
Eyram @ www.plusengineer.com
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