If you want a job, forget resumes. Employers want to see what you can do, not merely read about it. Hands-on experience is making a comeback. Our educational system has become so removed from the actual needs of today’s workplace that some people are suggesting high school grads go back to seat-of-your-pants learning.
Businesses are pushing colleges to increase real-world learning and internship experiences and are more willing to take on interns. Some corporations, notably Honda and John Deere, are partnering with community colleges to create programs designed to produce workers with the specific technical, computer and engineering skills they need. In Ohio, Honda representatives are attending college fairs offering a guaranteed job to high school seniors who enroll in and successfully complete targeted junior college programs.
While that’s a handy path to employment for people interested in engineering, computer or tech fields; it fails to address the needs of other sectors of the workforce. One of many people who have begun questioning the value of a college education, Penelope Trunk, co-founder of Brazen Careerist and a serial entrepreneur, offered some provocative practical alternatives in a recent article on Quartz. If you want to get a job, here’s what she recommends:
- Skip college and years of college debt.
- Get an internship and start learning a profession from the ground up the way our great-grandfathers did.
- Start a company instead of writing a resume. Starting your own business not only provides an excellent training ground for learning the job skills employers are looking for, it shows initiative, vision and a willingness to work hard and get your hands dirty — all qualities employers prize. A virtual employment marketplace, Zoondy makes it easy to start your own business without making a big capital investment. (Get in on the ground floor. Sign up to Beta test Zoondy at https://zoondy.com/.)
- Instead of resumes, find a novel, non-linear way to present yourself to prospective employers. To market themselves creative job seekers are using Twitter, LinkedIn, stock sales in themselves and super-temping (signing on only for a specific project).
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