Four Ways to Use Your Entrepreneurial Venture in your Job Search


Amanda White, Career Counselor in the College of Business at Colorado State University

9/12/16 – This guest post is written by Amanda White, a Career Counselor in our College of Business Career Management Center. Amanda works with our Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA students, and she has brainstormed these creative ways to leverage their unique venture process.


You’ve spent a summer researching, team building, strategizing, and building your professional brand; now what are you supposed to do with it? You may consider continuing with your venture, while others are looking forward to different opportunities. Here are four ways to use your summer practicum and venture building experience in your job search:

  1. Experiences: The actual tasks and experiences you gained from your summer venture are very valuable, since they help you market your transferable skills. Highlight your experiences in detail in your self-marketing materials (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile) to showcase the tasks, skills used, and any results you achieved to prove to a company you can add value. Practice sharing your experiences as stories that can be used as examples for interviews. Lastly, your experiences may have given you some insight into what you might want to do in the future. Pay attention to what you liked, what you disliked, and those moments you felt purposeful. What jobs include those tasks? Come into the Career Management Center if you are getting stuck!
  2. Start-up Mindset: This mindset served you very well in your summer venture. You were able to be resourceful, courageous, and strategic. Be courageous in your job search and keep up your motivation! Not many people are successful overnight in their start-ups or in their job search. It takes time. Be patient and continue to build your network and set time aside to devote to your search.
  3. Market Research & Viability Assessment: Your summer was spent doing in-depth research on how viable your business could be. Apply this same market research and viability assessment to your job search. Do your research, talk to people, understand your needs and if they will be met by the opportunity you are exploring. Notice any gaps you are facing and get insider information from informational interviews with people in roles and companies you are interested in. Understand your own market and where you fit in!
  4. Network: Whether you enjoyed it or not, your network was a main resource for you this summer. The connections you made prior to departing, your teammates, and people you met in the field were all extremely important to your summer experience. These people could also be very important for your job search. Over many plane rides, hotels, and days in the sun, you got to know your teammates extremely well. The people you met along the way could also be great for knowledge about the industry and informational interviews. Don’t forget to follow-up and make your connections mutually beneficial through your knowledge, network, volunteering, etc.

Your summer experience has a valuable impact on your degree, but make sure to also use it to build your personal brand, and showcase your skills, passions, and interests. Come into the Career Management Center for more specifics on your personal career development! Drop-ins are Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm.


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