Rachel is a Career Success Strategist and a member of the Udacity Careers team. She focuses on supporting Udacity students as they transition from their Nanodegree programs into the Job Market, and provides assistance as they build connections with partner companies. Rachel is passionate about helping others achieve success, and fostering growth.
“How to make the most of your Job Search?” Udacity works to answer this question throughout the course of our Career Services program. We learn about what works by working with our Alumni and with those who have gone on to have job search success.
The Careers Team organized a virtual event where Alumni were invited to connect directly with current students and share their experiences. They shared tips on how they navigated their job search, and ultimately landed a job after graduating. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to watch the event here:
Close your eyes and think back to a coach you’ve had on a sports team (or P.E. Teacher if you weren’t into playing sports). They gave you tips on how to improve, helped you be the best you could be, and cheered you on. Having a Career Coach is just like having a sports coach. Career Coaches can point you towards resources to aid in your job search, help you identify your strengths, and encourage you to pursue opportunities until you land the perfect job.
Every significant achievement has a story behind it. That’s why we call them success stories! Our personal success stories are an important asset when it comes to career advancement. But while we’re often quite good at highlighting our successes, we’re not always so good at telling the stories behind them. However, it’s often the “story”—and our ability to tell it well—that ultimately sets us apart from the crowd.
Tip: It’s called a “success story” for a reason! Succeeding is not enough, you have to tell the story too!
Recruiters and hiring managers face crowded fields every day, and often the candidates they’re reviewing have very similar skills. So they look for other differentiating factors. In addition, these same recruiting teams often don’t have the same technological knowledge as the candidates they’re reviewing. So again, they look for something that does resonate with them. Finally, it isn’t just about skills. There’s more to being the right candidate than that. So what else is there?