Traditionally, college students have been trained to place great emphasis on crafting the perfect resume and cover letter when looking to land their dream job or internship, and I was no exception. It wasn’t until applying for my DoD internship in Washington, D.C. that my thoughts on this changed.
While a well-written resume and cover letter are fundamental elements of any young professional’s career, I have come to wonder whether the current level of emphasis placed on these documents has led to a general oversight in prioritizing what’s important.
Is the current habit of subconsciously de-valuing other non-traditional aspects of the application process costing young professionals valuable internship and job opportunities in the long-run?
I have included three non-traditional tips to consider when trying to land a kicka$$ job or internship. These are all based upon on my own personal experience applying when applying for my Department of Defense Federal internship.
1. WRITE YOUR ESSAY & MAKE AN IMPACT
In Scrabble, and in application essays, every word counts. Those word count requirements aren’t stifling chains to hold you down or weed you out. They are actually generous gifts given from the employer to you, and each one of the words you use should be treated with the utmost respect and care.
Your essay should be compelling and interesting. It should tell a story, and SHOULD say all the things that your resume and cover letter can’t. Most of all, it should speak to your desire to contribute to something greater than yourself.
What comes to mind when you think of the phrase "Number One?"
Do you associate the phrase "number one" with the medals, fame, and glory that is so conditionally given when "number one" finally comes out on top?
Or, do you immediately think of the hardships, challenges and struggles that present themselves to those paving the way to victory?
See how the runner (the business owner, the young professional, the college student - you fill in the blank here) prepares for her race. She anticipates the challenges ahead, and resolves at the very beginning - in fact before the sound of the first mark - to make it to the very end.
2017 is finally here. It's the first of its kind. It's number one.
This new year may come with its share of hardships and challenges, but let's resolve at start of this year to make it to the very end. To run the race. To prepare for the fight. To accept the challenges and to overcome the struggles.
You can do this! I'm right here with you!
2016 was a good year. It was a year full of deep laughter, great love, tough challenges, hard work and huge milestones. Just to recap, as a single 26 years old female, I managed to:
For me, 2016 was also a year of monumental personal and spiritual growth. I learned a lot. I mean, a lot. Very tough lessons that I never imagined could so soon have led to such lasting peace, joy and happiness!
I am stepping into 2017 refreshed and on a mission.
For me, 2017 is the year where I resolve to do the things that I have always dreamt of doing – no matter how crazy the dream may seem. No matter how petrified I may feel. Regardless of what others may think of my dreams or ideas - I have resolved to make this the year that I prayerfully and faithfully move them forward! Including, but not limited to:
That’s pretty much the whole of it. I'm sure I will continue add to this list over-time, but for now I'm super happy with it!
Great things are in store for Stasia Rose in 2017! And I am confident that great things are also in store for you! I am immensely honored to have each of you in my corner, and want to do my best to support you and your goals in 2017 as well!
Have some goals you want to share with me? Add them in the comments section below! I always read and respond to comments! Excited for all that 2017 will bring! Let's make it happen!