/ Asked by Alexander
I am a soon-to-be college graduate from a private university. I am majoring in IT and International Business and have been applying to a lot of jobs lately. The problem is, that in my 4 years of being at school, I have not yet had an internship which I think may be the reason for being turned down for so many positions. However, I have gone abroad on three separate occasions the past year. How can I stay in competition with other applicants that have had internships??
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 4, 2014
The first step would be to de-emphasize on your resume your lack of on the job experience and bring to the forefront the other qualities that your bring to the table.  List your degree first and emphasize the global aspect of it.  Next talk about project work in school, your community and philanthropic activities, and your personal interests.  Within the personal interests, discuss the time that you have spent overseas and how you feel that will benefit you on the job.  The resume is key as it opens the door for you and once that door is open, you have the opportunity to sell yourself verbally to a potential employer.  The resume is a written way to sell yourself.  On another note, it is key to be flexible.  If you are willing to go to any location, make note of this as this could set you apart from someone with more experience.
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, April 7, 2014
Depending on the experiences that you had while abroad, you can utilize these on your resume to help fill in holes where you feel you should have had internship experience. Did you study while abroad? Conduct any volunteer activities? Work with teams or do group work? Learn a language? Any of those experiences can be highlighted on your resume. In addition, many employers are looking for candidates with a global aptitude, so you can speak about your abroad experience during the interview as well. Best of luck with the job search! - Laura, Accenture campus recruiter
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
You may want to consider doing an internship this coming summer even though you are graduating.  That could help you gain that experience and leverage your international experience, as well.  I would consider hiring a college graduate for a summer internship.  Just a thought and good luck.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The first step is deciding what to highlight on your resume. Even though you did not have internships while you were at school, were you a part of any student organizations or clubs, or hold leadership roles in any capacity? Highlighting leadership experiences will definitely grab the attention of recruiters looking through applicants and make you stand out against others. In addition, if you had any experience that’s applicable to jobs you are applying to while you were abroad, be sure to highlight those as well. If you are applying to jobs that relate to your International Business major, I’m sure recruiters would be interested in hearing experiences from when you were abroad as well.
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