Basically, I’m the stereotypical soon to be grad with not a lot to put onto my resume. Everyone else has internships and awards and whatnot and I generally don’t have those things.
A friend suggested that I could just extend certain summer activities to pretend to cover the entire summer and refer to it as a job. For example, my grandfather and I built a hydroponics greenhouse. His suggestion was that I just claim I built them all summer as part of a startup company.
Another suggestion of his was to issue myself awards and put them on as he “has never had the awards checked.” Claim to have won an essay contest or have been given a scholarship. He is also willing to issue me an award and print off a certificate as proof through the nonprofit he uses to apply for grant money.
His third suggestion was to market truths differently. He refers to the money his parents gave him for school as the [Insert Street Name] Scholarship and lists it as a “full ride for academic excellence.” My parents also gave me money through their company, so I could slap the company name on it and call it a scholarship.
He also suggested the Penelope Trunk article specifically this:
You do not, for example, need permission from Nike to do a social media campaign. You can write a great tweet and link to a page on Nike’s site. Then you can count the retweets. And here’s what it looks like on your resume: Designed and executed a social media campaign for Nike.
In the interview, when you have to talk about what you did, talk about how you decided to drive traffic to that page, and how to quantify success by counting retweets. You’ll sound smart. No one cares if you got paid to be smart once they notice how you sound smart.
Basically, how much of this stuff can I get away with?
I’m looking to join one of the various corporate leadership programs.