My MindSumo experience landed me an internship at Ernst and Young!
Siranjeevi is one of MindSumo’s top performers ranked at #8! His MindSumo journey landed him a summer internship at E&Y. Here’s his story:
Hello Fellow MindSumo Solvers,
Last summer was great! I got a really good summer internship offer from Ernst & Young as an ‘Advanced Data Analyst’. Sounds good right? I absolutely loved it!
I am writing this blog to help students like you understand how MindSumo can help nurture a career in the long run. This post talks about how I landed this amazing internship and how MindSumo helped me grab this opportunity.
DIFFICULTIES WE FACE WHILE APPLYING FOR AN INTERNSHIP OF JOB:
Applying for internships (or jobs) can be tedious, time-consuming and frustrating especially when you face rejections. There are millions of others with the same qualifications as you – a college degree and maybe some experience. So, why should they choose you and what makes you unique?
It’s not as easy as matching keywords on your resume to the job description and then expect to be the best applicant for the job. So, what does a hiring officer look for?
- Every hiring officer wants to hire talented students, students who have shown their expertise in various fields and have proven to be great creative problem solvers and solution enthusiasts. Many students like you and me can claim to be one of these, but we need to prove ourselves.
- When we apply to a company, employers want to see some uniqueness and our actual strength. These must be showcased in our cover letters and recommendations.
- Employees love to see implementation of our skills in action. For example, mentioning ‘I have problem solving ability’ has lesser positive impact than mentioning ‘I had solved ‘ABC’ problem faced by XYZ organisation which boosted XYZ growth’. Numbers matter!
- Employers do not want to see hard-coded study mechanisms in a workspace. The ultimate aim is to provide usable solutions and show productivity
HOW DID MINDSUMO HELP ME LAND A GREAT INTERNSHIP?
Nearly a year ago, I started solving MindSumo Challenges as I loved the concept of innovation and providing real time solutions to a prevailing problem. MindSumo served as a wonderful platform for expressing my ideas. I have won 35 out of 41 Challenges that I attempted so far. In my resume, I mention the top 6 challenges that match the specific job description.
Solving one such challenge from Ernst &Young paved my way to an internship with them. I was ranked in the Top 1% solution leaderboard and it stood out in my cover letter while applying for this internship. With a good recommendation letter from a top Indian B-School Professor and proof of my creative problem solving skills from the EY Challenge at MindSumo at my disposal, helped me land this Internship.
WHY SHOULD YOU SOLVE MINDSUMO CHALLENGES?
- One of the best possible ways to show your uniqueness with proper ranking and certification is facilitated by MindSumo. It is also a fact that 75 of the Fortune 500 companies have hosted their challenges on MindSumo, which implies that top-notch firms evaluate your solutions!
- It is also a struggle for some students to exhibit his/her unique talents when they are barred by factors such as university ranks and university location. MindSumo’s platform offers students in this situation a very unique way to showcase their talent and achievements.
HERE'S HOW I ADD MY MINDSUMO PROJECTS TO MY RESUME:
Company Name – Problem statement
Brief solution overview: describe your solution in one sentence
Rationale: what was your rational for your solution? State it in one sentence
Add the best projects that fit with the job description and you're sure to stand out!
I’m currently ranked #8 on the Platform. And I promise this is not a paid post. 🙂 Good luck to everyone and feel free to leave any questions in the comments below.
Thank you MindSumo!