• Lindsay Shachnow (COM’25)

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  1. The US economy is in tough shape today and it would be much harder now to be a graduating student vs. when I graduated from the BU CAS in May 2001. I even remember in 1999-2000 few seniors at BU quitting the school and going to full-time careers, because they received exceptional offers and benefits. Different economic times. Unfortunately, right now these times are very tough for the graduating students, especially the ones who had to take out large loans to finance their studies.
    Even within Europe where I reside – starting careers today for the EU citizens are more limited due to economic factors and recession that some might argue we are already in.
    There are few good suggestions and recommendations that a student could do in a senior year. Any student should be ready to start a career somewhere else they might not want, but start building the experience and skill set necessary for the resume.
    These might be the most useful recommendations I have for the graduating students:
    1. Some of the resumes I have seen in US/EU are just terrible, but the education of the person on the resume, grades and student involvement in activities they possessed just exceptional. The resume did not match the candidate in sense, the candidate never cared to look seriously at the resume. Treat your resume as your main marketing tool – selling advertisement card/board. Most potential employers scan hundreds of resumes at a time and they devote only 10-20 seconds max to set aside (for further consideration and detailed review) any resumes that catches their eye, any that looks good (formatting & design, margins, etc) and has some major keywords included. Spend a lot of time in your resume design, have several samples to work off and for each new job you apply re-design your resume again to match specifically that job. Do not just have one universal resume for any and all jobs, this is a major mistake most students and entry level participants make.
    2. Networking! Don’t be shy and don’t be pushy like a used car salesperson! Be polite, respect everyone’s time and push your networking skills to max. When you enter the job search stage, your LinkedIn profile should have at least 1000+ people to be successful. Do not be shy to send messages and question to new LinkedIn potential employers or employees of a company you are interested to apply. Always push and be proactive in developing and expanding your network…
    3. Again, let me repeat – Do not be shy! Some people do have social anxiety and feel more comfortable within their own tiny trusted network circle without much interaction with the new people. Treat this medical condition, work with your therapist, because you can develop skills and psychological tools to keep growing your network circle and not allowing this medical condition to be a challenge/obstacle to your future.
    4. Consider pursuing higher education and going for Master’s Degree or PhD to withstand these tough economic times and add more educational power to your resume and continue developing & expanding your network. I myself chose to pursue PhD program and very happy with this decision.

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