Use MindSumo to Create Experience for Your Resume and Cover Letters
The belief that you can only create experience for your resume and cover letter from working at a real job is wrong. Also, the strategy of fake it until you make it doesn’t work.
With these two myths busted, it’s time to rethink how college students can prove themselves to employers so that they can land that first real job.
It’s a fact that job applicants need quality work experience to stand out. It’s also true that as a college student you have a million things on your plate between classes, social events, and extracurricular activities. Investing time to create experience for your resume and cover letters is the last thing on your mind until it is time to start looking for a job. After all Game of Thrones is on tonight and you have papers due by the end of the week. Priorities right?
Well recruiting inevitably sneaks up on you and then all of a sudden it’s time to create a resume and cover letter…except you don’t have much to talk about…and now you have all of this empty space on your resume. Crap.
Well, our team at MindSumo wants to bail you out of this situation with our MindSumo challenges. Why? Because the important people at National Association of College and Employers surveyed 200 employers and discovered that 70% of them look for problem-solving skills and experience in their college hires. So it’s kind of a big deal.
Sure you can get some decent experience leading a student organization or working a part-time job. However, we have an even better way for to get experience relevant to the industry and role that you are recruiting for. Say hello to the MindSumo challenges.
Today we are going to pretend to be Suzie Sumo who wants to break into the world of finance. She is a numbers whiz but she is a junior looking for her first internship and doesn’t really have much experience under her belt. In fact, there’s a sad amount of white space in her resume that she needs to fill. Today we will save Suzie Sumo and show you how challenges lead to gaining problem-solving skills + experience for a resume, cover letter, and interviews (bonus!).
Choose a Challenge
Mindsumo provides a variety of challenges that focus on everything from engineering challenges to business ideas. If you are like our friend Suzie that is seeking experience in finance, this MindSumo challenge from Allianz, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, is a great way to get started and get street cred. The question challenges you to apply what you know about finance to the real problem of trying to anticipate the needs of a very specific customer segment in the future which is unknown. It’s the same kind of question that executives at Allianz are trying to figure out and now you have a chance to show off your ideas and analytical thinking.
Sample Finance Challenge:
Once you submit your brilliant answer, let’s see how you can work this all into your job recruiting materials.
Okay, so you found a challenge, submitted a solution and nailed it. Now, what? Make sure recruiters hear about it by adding it to your resume. After all, your resume is your highlight reel and creating an amazing solution to a company’s problem deserves to be in your Sportscenter Top 10.
Here’s an example of what you can do using Suzie Sumo’s resume. See our tips in red.
The humble cover letter is your first hello to the company. Like a good introduction in real life, you want your audience to walk away with important details to remember you by. The cover letter is another great vehicle to use MindSumo challenges to show off your creativity and analytical thinking.
Okay, so you nailed the resume and cover letter. Now comes the hard part – the interview. What is great about MindSumo challenges is that they can give you a wide range of experiences to speak to when you get stumped by a random question that you did not prepare for.
Here is an example of how MindSumo challenges can save your interview:
Interviewer: Suzie, I see that you have experience in media but without relevant experience in finance, tell me more about how you would fit into this banking role.
Suzie: Great question. Yes, it’s true that I don’t have direct experience in the financial services industry. However, I do have a lot of knowledge of the finance industry in terms of where it is headed and can help your company solve many of the problems that the industry is encountering.
For example, I have been engaging with the finance industry with a platform called MindSumo which enables students like myself to solve real business problems from actual companies. There was one challenge, in particular, I want to point out. It sponsored by Allianz, one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world, and the challenge asked about the future financial needs of urban dwellers.
It was an interesting challenge because I believe many banks are unprepared to meet the needs of graduating students that are increasingly moving into cities because that’s where the jobs are. Banks rather focus on products like mortgages which have no bearing on most city-dwellers.
On the other hand, my recommendation was to offer a new product called education insurance for students. This would cover students that move to big cities for job opportunities but could struggle with paying off a student loan if the job market crashes.
I came up with this recommendation by observing that 52% of students graduate with an average of $40,000 in debt. They then move to expensive cities like SF and NYC for job opportunities. However, the job market is unpredictable and student loans can turn into a huge liability. Therefore, I believe students would be willing to pay a small premium in exchange for ease of mind. This would encourage more students to take a risk in moving to cities where there are better opportunities while offering banks access to new segments of customers.
The struggle is real when it comes to getting a solid internship or full-time job as a college student. Increase your odds of landing that dream job by incorporating MindSumo challenges into your job application strategy. Sign up now!