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HowAStudentWentFromFastFoodJobstoHerFirstCorporateJob

Ameris Jimenez
Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
over 1 year Champaign, IL, United States Story
How A Student Went From Fast Food Jobs to Her First Corporate Job

This is from a post on LinkedIn originally written by Annette Hudson Nguyen. I think as students, we can all learn how to take initiative when it comes to landing an internship or full time job. Sometimes it's not about the experience, but standing out from your competition in unique ways.

“How did you go from fast food jobs to doing your first corporate internship?”😱Freshman year, I had little to no marketing experience aside from some unspectacular campus involvements.When a digital marketing internship opened at Kia Motors America right by my school, I had to apply.I scheduled an informational interview with the previous intern to gain some knowledge before drafting a cover letter that was decent enough to get me an interview.➡️ I knew that if I wanted this, I needed to SHOW why I could be a valuable addition to the team, and not just TELL them.In the days leading up to the interview, I researched as much as I could about KMA and the industry as a whole.➡️ I made a presentation deck that analyzed KMA versus top brands in terms of digital marketing initiatives, borrowed my dad’s iPad (to present it), and headed off to the interview.TLDR: the hiring manager was impressed.As I stepped outside the building post-interview, I got a call from HR with the offer.Despite my inexperience, I got the job all because I took a little initiative...and the rest is history.🚨STUDENTS🚨 To win the internship game, you must continually reach further and further than what the competition would even dare to.#StudentVoices #StudentsOfLinkedIn


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Ameris Jimenez
Mogul President at The University of Illinois

I love bright pretty colors, Audrey Hepburn, and offering my words of wisdom. When I'm not showing my Illini pride, you can see me cheering for the cubbies :)

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