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Nathaniel Smith

Concerned about finding a job? Learn from Nathaniel Smith's success story…

What kinds of things did you do while in college to prepare you for your professional life after college, or to make yourself more marketable?

I was not the typical college student. I had served for ten years in the Army with three deployments covering a variety of roles. When I returned to school, I worked hard to keep my GPA at a level that would show potential employers that I cared about my education. I looked at my education as an investment towards future opportunities. I took advantage of North Georgia’s career services department to assist me in developing a resume that would highlight my accomplishments and to help me stand out to a potential employer. My career services counselor gave me insight as to what to expect in the job market and how to market myself to gain employment. There was so much I did not know about resumes, cover letters or where to begin looking for a job. I was eager to learn and took what was taught to me and applied it to great success. Networking is the key, it is overlooked but it is crucial. If you network correctly, it will help you a great deal. It can be a frustrating process but stick with it, and the rewards will come.

How did you hear about (or find) your current position?

I was out of state doing some temp work that I was not enjoying. It was long hours and involved being away from home. My girlfriend actually found a job through the company that I would enjoy. She went ahead and sent in my resume and they called me back to invite me to an event they were hosting for veterans. I was able to get my resume in the hands of five different hiring managers for the company. I ended up interviewing for a job that had nothing to do with what I applied for but was excited about the opportunity. About a week later, I was given a final interview, and the next day an offer for employment. It was the networking event that got me to the position I am in with a great company.

What advice would you like to give to current students to help prepare them for careers and/or the job search after college?

NETWORK, NETWORK and NETWORK!!! Always keep some business cards handy. I always keep a few resumes printed up as well. It never hurts to be overly prepared. If you meet someone and they pass on a business card to stay in touch, take advantage of it. Shoot them an email, resume attached, that you enjoyed talking with them. They might not have a job for you, but they could know someone who does.

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Talent Sourcing Specialist

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