Nominations on Resume?

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by BlueSkies24, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. BlueSkies24

    BlueSkies24 Member

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    So I was wondering what are y’all think about putting down that you were nominated by Congressman X and Representative Y on your resume? It is a pretty competitive process, but then again, it’s just a nomination. Thoughts?

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  2. THParent

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    I hire people all of the time, and I don't think I could possibly care less about who nominated you to a Service Academy.
    If you are a graduate of a Service Academy - I will stand up and take notice - however.

    Just my opinion.
     
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  3. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    +1 THP
    Neither of my sons ever listed their respective congressional noms on their resume.

    I suppose that while it is nice, it really is not the culmination if anything like graduation from an SA, for example.
     
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  4. time2

    time2 10-Year Member

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    ^^ I agree. If you are talking about your resume when trying to get a job, it would also invite questions like: "so you attended an SA?" and then you would need to explain why you got a TWE. I doubt you would list things like passing the CFA, which is also part of the SA application process. Potential employers would have no interest in those things.

    If you are using it on a resume for college applications, I doubt they would care and it would make it seem like their college is only part of your Plan B option.

    Your prior posts sound like your are just now applying, but can't tell from this thread which of these options you are asking about.
     
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  5. justdoit19

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    To me, depends on what the resume is for. If you are talking about post-college career type stuff, I don’t think it’s noteworthy as a bullet item. You could bring it up in a situational interview type response to a question (tell me about a time that was stressful for you? ‘Sitting before an 18 person review board’ kind of thing....). If appropriate.

    However, I think for a young 17 or 18yr old applying for a summer internship type of thing, receiving a congressional nomination to a service academy is significant and shows you are able to manage a challenging HS career, possess skills and attributes of a leader and are of good character. All things an employer would LOVE to know about someone they are hiring!

    Perhaps if you have a place on your resume for “additional honors/awards” type things.

    Including it would be tailored to the circumstance. So my opinion is that it depends on what your resume is for
     
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  6. BlueSkies24

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    Yes, I am applying for the class of 2022. Thanks for all the feedback.
     
  7. Pima

    Pima 10-Year Member

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    I agree with the above posters.
    Honestly, I really couldn't care less if you were nominated or not. Why? Mainly because of multiple reasons.
    1. I cannot really use this as a judgement issue unless the rest of the applicants all applied for nominations to an SA.
    ~ Not everyone in your peer group/age knows about the SAs, how would it be fair of me as the hiring source to give you bonus points/edge because your post HS educational desires requires a nom from an MoC when the kid wanting to attend Harvard does not require it?
    2. What has this to do with your work ethic or experience?
    ~ I work for a national retailer. Does the nomination tell me anything about how you deal with customers? Knowledge regarding our company and our products? That you are a quick learner? Or you are reliable regarding showing up on time, working overtime, coming in at last minute to fill in when someone else calls out?

    If you want to place it on the additional honors/awards or noteworthy part of your resume than fine, but when it comes down to it, I would not put any weight to it compared to the candidate that has on their resume that they are an Eagle Scout, 4 yrs on HS sport, in NHS, etc and has a 3.72 cgpa. Your resume just says that you received a nom., that many interviewers have no clue what that entails. The latter tells me that they are able to juggle many balls at one time and a better option.

    Now, let's attack what justdoit discussed...an internship. Yes, if you are applying for a govt internship, than yes I would place it on my resume because it is an edge and they may understand the nomination process.
    ~ Our DS was an intern for our Sen. on the Hill (DC). He indeed placed it on his resume.
    ~~ Otherwise, I would consider it redundant. If you have a truly strong resume than that nom really adds nothing. As an employer, and using the assumption you are 17/18 from a competitive area than everything on your MoC nom packet would make you the latter in the scenario above, hence it is redundant.

    As an employer/management my picture is different when it comes to the hiring process. My priority is a strong fit for my company, not just filling a hole. Your priority is probably a paycheck. Your nom. does not equate to being a good fit with the job requirements or the personalities within the organization.

    Finally, if you want my best advice regarding what helps/hinders from a hiring aspect, it is 2 words. Social media. We do look at it. Thus, if there is anything you don't want a perspective employer not to see than clean it up now!
    ~ My DD interned for Make A Wish national HQ. She found out after she started, in a round about way, that they did look into here social media. They needed somebody to update their social media (FB and instagram) They turned to her and assigned her the project. She asked why? They responded that she was the only intern with an instagram account (this was back in 11). Her reaction was ???? Their answer was simple, you didn't think we would offer you an internship dealing with clients in life and death scenarios without looking into your social media account did you?
    ~~ IOWS, even if it is private, it really isn't. Your generation collect friends like halloween candy. Seriously, do you really have 200/300/600+ friends, or are you just accepting the requests just because they asked. I could easily find you just through the back door way....friend of a friend that is tied to you.
     
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  8. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    As you'll learn, people typically tailor their resumes/CVs to the job/school/position for which they're applying. It's about highlighting the things you've done that are relevant/important to what you want to do next. For example, if you're applying for a job selling cars, you would highlight different elements of your resume (sales positions) than if you were applying for a job running a car dealership (leadership/management roles).

    The same is true here. If your CV will be used for something related to a SA (i.e., to give to your BGO), then I would include it. If it will be used to apply to a civilian college or for a job, would not include as it's not really relevant to or indicative of anything related to those undertakings and most people won't understand what it means anyway. Also, after your senior year, a nomination should disappear from your resume as OBE (Overtaken By Events). Should you earn an appointment and decide not to accept it, that too disappears from your resume -- it's no different than including on your resume that you were accepted to Harvard and Michigan and Duke and turned them down. People care what you did -- not what you didn't do.
     
  9. THParent

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    I graduated from The University of Michigan, and I can tell you that it's not in the same league as Harvard or Duke. Not even close.

    But I appreciate the thought! :)
     
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  10. justdoit19

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    If you are asking if you should include the Nom's in your resume for your application to SA's class of '22, then no. They will know that already.
     
  11. BlueSkies24

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    I’m talking about my resume in general, not just for the academy.
     
  12. time2

    time2 10-Year Member

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    Short answer.....no.
     
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