Thursday, June 02, 2005

Welcome DC Interns & Young Professionals :)

In a recent conversation, my friend Andrew decided to break down what people really mean on resumes... Because, when you first start working it's all about making the tasks you do sound as professional as possible. He totally cracked me up so I thought I'd share with ya!

Examples from an Internship:
  • filed papers= performed detailed research
  • powerpoint presentation= developed a deliverable for the client
  • crunched numbers=developed a dynamic cost tool
  • researcher at ABC company = Performed detailed research utilized by the management team to implement a more efficient overhead policy (i.e. father/mother is a big shot at the company, sets up internship after you claim to have search all spring semester, you show up two days a week for a month, and get paid $10 an hour to make coffee, buy doughnuts, and answer the phone)
You can make waiting tables sound like a true professional responsibility:

  • waiting tables=performed strategic marketing directly to customers to increase revenues of Hooter's Inc
And college experiences:

  • social chair of frat = responsible for completeion of successful organized functions for over 100 people twice per semester
  • greek honor society treasurer = responsible for the collection of dues and management of all organized events ( i.e. qualified for the society, went to one meeting, elected treasurer and never showed up again)
  • philanthropy chair = Raised over $5000 to support underpriveledged youth in the inner city (i.e. bought $1000 in beer, put a bunch of balls in a field and begged for cash 2 hours later)

But, on a more important note: I think we should all sit back and take a long hard look at what we're actually doing with our lives right now, job-wise. Because another little tidbit that Andrew passed along was this (from something he learned in an organizational behavior class in college):

They did a study of Harvard MBA's and asked respondents why they chose their particular jobs out of school. 80% of respondents said for the highest pay check and only 20% said to do what they were passionate about

15 years later they looked at the millionaires and 90% of them came from the 20% who followed their passion...

Makes ya think doesn't it?

(Also pointed out to me was that, on the other hand, you don't always have to be passionate about what you do to kickass in it... So maybe there's a happy medium somewhere...)


At 4:54 PM, Blogger Elvis said...

There she is! There she is. I thought Sara had been trapped underneath a piano and couldn't get up. Yah yah yah... I hear you on the stats. By and large, Harvard MBA's become millionaires anyway (gross assets) by the end of their lives. I think it'd be more interesting if you asked those millionaires, "what'd you do with your lives?" instead. Instead of seeing results like "partied on French Riviera" and "blew $5,000 at Poker in Vegas" and "bought a beach house", I'd be more interested in folks who said things like "rode a motorbike with sidecar from Gibraltar to Cairo" or "went to Madrid with neice at last moment, bought a Landrover, and drove to Moscow." Now that's much more compelling, don't you think?

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Ha ha, hi Elvis... sorry you thought I'd been trapped... I've been busy at work (with the same project that kept me here over the weekend)...

And that would be interesting to see what they do in their lives with all that money... but I have more fun daydreaming about what I'd do with it in mine ;)

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Natty G said...

Wow, that Harvard study is pretty stunning. Seriously.

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Elvis said...

Natty G, not stunning at all. I heard this somewhere, though, most of it was anecdotal -- ie Gates dropping out of Harvard, Larry Ellison dropped out of U of Chicago, etc. Success, as measured in dollars, is never really a result of following formula. It's usually persistence and passion (the Beatles spent grueling hours in Hamburg dives honing their sound).

Sara, I'm glad someone found a winch and got that piano out of there.


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