What is the most important thing you can have next to your college degree? A built-in Network and familiarity with the company you're applying to.
According to an article on Inc.com, the most important tool a college student can have is internship experience. Recruiters are interested in students who have real world experience as opposed to just learning about it.
Ted Harding, the vice president of human resources at Jounce Therapeutics is quoted in the article as saying:
"New college grads with high-quality intern experience separate themselves from their peers because they can quickly assimilate and add value. The key to getting the most out of an internship is to take ownership of specific deliverables. Detailing key accomplishments on your resume and discussing how your work contributed to the bigger picture will separate you from your peers. There are innumerable job skills you gain in an internship -- how to conduct yourself in a meeting, how to 'manage up,' or develop and deliver a presentation -- that are key to quickly assimilating and adding value in a new role."
But what does this mean for college graduates who didn't take on an internship?
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