You need to market yourself in order to impress employers and admission officers. Based on personal experiences, employers and admission officers love it when you create something and grow it. Whether it is a software app, a volunteer group, or a club, creating something that’s yours will tell the employer many things:
1) You’re Passionate – It takes passion, and a lot of it, to create something great. Find out what you are passionate about and just do it. For me, it was creating Collegetic.com, an organization that helps high school students apply to college; I created this because I personally struggled with the college application process. In all of the internship interviews I’ve had last semester, the employers loved talking about Collegetic more than good but already much talked about academics. Why did they enjoy talking about my project so much? Because they saw how passionate I was whenever I talked about it, and that passion infected them. You can exert your passion on other people a watch how it affects them!
2) You’re a Go-getter –Hard workers work hard. When you tell an employer you created something and spent a great deal of time growing it, that tells them you’re a person of action and persistence. If you can show them that you get things done, they will know that you’d get things done working for them, too!
3) You’re Innovative - Having the ability to create ideas isn’t brilliant; it’s the ability to implement these ideas that make people brilliant. Every successful industry thrives on creating and implementing new ideas. When you work on a project, you learn new things, make mistakes, meet new people, make more mistakes, etc., and this process requires a great deal of patience, hard work, and research, things that are directly transferrable to any employer.
As cliché as it sounds, the best way to project your skills and who you are is through projects. Show employers you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, show them that you bring results to the table, and show them how your passion can turn a mere idea into something much, much bigger.
Blog written by Abdull Hamud, Undeclared ‘14