I’m writing in response to the column written by Logan Dobson, “Campus leaders, unemployed graduates” (April 11, pg.4) concerning his opinion that employers don’t appear interested in on-campus leadership experiences because he was not asked about these experiences during job interviews. While I appreciate the concerns Mr. Dobson voices in his opinion piece, and have heard them before from students, I would like to provide the employer perspective.
Employers value student extracurricular and leadership experience. An employer will ask you about these experiences in an interview when they are relevant to an employer’s business. If your description of the experience uses action verbs and key words in the employer’s industry, the employer will not only ask about it, he or she will want to explore your stories from that experience to help them understand what skills you’ve developed and what you’ve learned as a result of that experience. If, on the other hand, an experience description is vague and not specific, the employer will ignore it and move on to those experiences that he or she believes are more relevant. After all, an employer spends no more than 30 seconds scanning a resume.
I would encourage any graduating senior who expresses the opinion that Mr. Dobson does to visit his or her college’s career center. Please don’t stop participating in on-campus, extracurricular and leadership experiences. Visit your career center where you can learn how to translate what you’ve learned in those experiences into targeted, marketable accomplishments!
Ann G. Mills
The writer is the assistant director of career learning and experience and the GW Career Center