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Asked by Hayley on September 11, 2017

Through my internship in college, I have felt myself getting more and more away from my declared major. How do I market myself to a future employer so that they look more towards my professional experience rather than my degree?

Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on September 13, 2017

Great question! I want to start by saying that there are plenty of people who ended up taking a different path than what they had in mind during college so you are not alone. Starting with the application I would submit a cover letter along with a detailed resume that focuses in on your professional experience and include why you are passionate about whatever position you are applying for. If you are able to speak with a recruiting or hiring manager be open and honest with them that a certain internship has changed your vision and sell them on why you would be a fit for that particular role. It is smart to acknowledge that your major may not match up to the position when asked and then it is important to bring up how your professional experience has prepared you for what it is ahead while being confident that it is where you see yourself in the future. Hope this helps!

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Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on November 13, 2017

You are not alone! Many students are having the same experience and I recall friends of mine having the same experiences in college. Try to identify transferable skills. For example, organization and communication are skills that transfer easily among different fields. Without knowing your major and current work experience, I can't give you specific skills to focus on but just know that other skills such problem solving, leadership and collaboration play well in any field, as well. Also, employers will likely look at those overall skills since you have yet to gather significant professional experience after college. If you are involved in a student organization or have volunteered, you may be able to promote the skills you have gathered there, as well. Best of luck!

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