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How Tech Savvy College Kids Are Ditching Their Resumes and Getting More Job OffersToday’s college students have tremendous resources at their disposal, and those with some tech smarts are going to be the most competitive, sought after students in their class.
Tech savvy college students can now take advantage of tools such as blogging, personal pages, and portfolio tools to get prospective employers offering jobs to them.
Students Can Establish Their Knowledge with Blogging
This is arguably the most powerful tool that any college student can use. Imagine this, approximately 1,750,000 college students graduate every year. With so many people getting college degrees, today’s college students have to do so much more to stand out.
Blogging is a great tool for this because students are able to demonstrate their growth in knowledge of a field over time. But even more than that, blogs are a great tool for getting search engine traffic.
As a student blogs about things he/she has learned, that content will get picked up in search engines. This will deliver a steady level of traffic to the student’s website which potentially exposes them to employers.
As a current Computer Science student, I can tell you that I have had 2 job offers that have come as a result of my blog. In other interviews and internships, I have used my blog as a tool to demonstrate my knowledge.
But don’t just take my word for it, read Aleksandra’s story:
After first week of blogathon I got my first job offer, to work as professional blogger for small translation agency. We negotiated and didn’t agree on payments issue, but I didn’t have much time to despair. The next day I got two similar offers from one of the world’s science blogger society with much better terms. Unbelievable, a few days later my blog posts about bastardization of language brought me another job offer. This time it was from a well-known translation agency from the neighbor country whose offer was just to good to be declined. I passed their translation test for IT translator and localization specialist and got the job. I’m finishing the school year with my students in few weeks and I’m about to finish my (master’s) thesis so I thought I’ll have plenty of free time this summer. I’m actually happy that I have to change my plans. This new job looks like a great opportunity to gain new experience while doing something that I love. And I have blogathon to thank for all this!” – Aleksandra Milcic Radovanovic, Linguist Blog
Aleksandra also received several job offers from companies that were interested in hiring her as a translator.
Sure, that’s only two stories, but I can assure you that there are many more success stories out there where people have been “found” through their blogging, and received job offers, deals to write books, solicitations to speak at conferences, etc. The opportunities are essentially limitless for those that use blogging to show their knowledge.
Don’t Like Blogging? Build a Portfolio!
Although blogging provides tons of benefits, it’s definitely not for everyone. Blogging takes up quite a bit of time for writing posts and communicating with those that comment. But if blogging is not for you, don’t worry. There are several other options for college students to get their name out there. The second best option for a college student to get exposure online is to create a portfolio.
For graphically inclined college students a portfolio will usually include pictures. For these types of portfolios I recommend using tools such as Dribble or Carbonmade. Both are free and will allow students to get their design work seen by a large audience. Dribble slightly takes the win because it allows discussion which could allow college students to interact with potential employers and clients.
For engineering and computer science students that like to create with code, Github is the best possible place in the internet to get their work seen! While learning how to use Git and Github will take a little bit of time, the rewards are definitely well worth it since some of the biggest engineering and technology companies use Github to manage their products!
Want the Easy Route? Get a Personal Page.
I understand that today’s college students are stretched thin between work, school, and other extracurriculars. So, for those college students that don’t have the time to maintain a portfolio or blog, then I recommend setting up a personal web page (think internet version of a resume).
Flavors.me is a personal landing page service that is free and was named the best personal landing page service by Lifehacker! What makes having a personal landing page from Flavors.me so much better than a typical resume is that you can get creative and use pictures and text to really show your personality.
This route takes less than 15 minutes and will give you a creative and attractive presence online to give employers an idea of who you are.
What Do You Think?
With 78% of college graduates from 2012 stating that it is difficult to find a job, today’s college students must compete now more than ever. Technology tools such as blogging, portfolios, and personal pages are a great way for college students to get their name out there and get prospective employers coming to them.
Are you or a college student you know afraid not of getting a job? How do you plan on competing in today’s marketplace?
Leave a comment below with your thoughts!