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Monday, December 3, 2012
My Job-Hunting Journey
With graduation just around the corner for me (May 2013), a gnawing question plagues my mind: What am I going to do?
I've found that this formidable question becomes a much easier
pill to swallow after deciding between graduate school now and work experience later,
or vise versa. I have decided to get some relevant work experience under
my belt before getting into the grad-school scene.
Once that decision was made, I was free to devote my energy to
finding a full-time job. The first thing I did was visit Career Services in the
basement of the University Inn. Maren Stromberg got me set up on Career
Aggie (which I now check religiously) and helped me polish up my resume before
sending it out.
And then came the hard part.
Applying, applying, applying. I must have filled out more than 50
applications in the months of September and August; most all of which I found
on Career Aggie. I started going to recruiting sessions and took off work
to go to the Tech Expo and Career Fair. It took about a month before I
started seeing replies to all of my applications. Most people said that
they were looking for somebody to start in the winter, but to check back in the
However, I did get the worm on a couple of companies.
Northwest Farm Credit Services and Goldman, Sachs & Co. both held
info sessions and accepted applications for full-time work starting next May.
I applied and luckily landed interviews with both companies.
To hone in some of my interviewing skills, I went to one of the
resume activities during LinkedIn Week, where I talked to Prof. Chris Fawson. I asked for some interviewing tips for my interviews and he gave me some
great advice: read a current business book and use its key points to frame your
answers to difficult questions.
I read the book Driveby Daniel Pink and
even had a mock interview with a good friend, Thomas Funk, in preparation.
Sure enough, at my Goldman Sachs interview, I was asked an ambiguous
question about one of my work experiences, I was able to impress my
interviewers by both referencing a popular business book and having a well
All of my hard work paid off as I was recently offered the job I applied for at Goldman Sachs. I know that my chances
increased at least tenfold by preparing well and implementing some great advice
from a faculty member who values my success. - Carter Holm Carter Holm is a double major in finance and international business at the Huntsman School of Business. He is a member of the Huntsman School Business Council.