Career Exploration & Development
Week of March 12, 2015

Making a Good First Impression: The Google App Commercial

This CEO Shares the 1 Interview Question He Always Asks

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of Vayner Media, shares why knowing the direction you want your career to go is important to him as an interviewer.

Alumna Spotlight:
Eleni Karahalios (2014)
GoPro Recruiting Coordinator

Name: Eleni Karahalios

Major: Economics

Minors: Psychology & Creative Writing

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Company: GoPro

Position: Recruiting Coordinator

What are your primary responsibilities as a team member for GoPro?

I currently provide recruiting support to all of the recruiters on the Non-Technical side. This includes supporting the recruiting efforts of GoPro’s Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Sales, Operations, Programming, IT, Legal, Facilities, & Creative departments. I coordinate all of the logistics of the interviews (ie: time, date, telling the candidate what to wear etc) and am often the first person candidates meet when they come on-site (lots of small talk and saying the same awkward jokes over and over). I also assist in editing and posting all of our jobs and handle all of our candidate reimbursements and background checks.

Recently, I have been helping build out our 2nd Annual University Intern Program and have been supporting our University Recruiting initiatives– which is the path I eventually would like to go down.

Give us your thoughts on resumes. What do you think helps a candidate stand out? What makes a good resume?

Experience. Experience. Experience. Highlight your experience. Most importantly – RELEVANT experience. Talk about things you have actually done that showcase what the job needs. I know they tell you this a billion times – but please take the time to tailor your resume to the job description. A recruiter can spot in .013 seconds if you just submitted a resume everywhere and didn’t take the time to show that you can actually do the job. Trust me, I see it happen every day.

Also – do your future self a favor and go get an internship as soon as you can. Get as many as you can. Just do something that shows you can function well in an environment outside the academic one (although that is important too, don’t get me wrong). It does not have to be at a Google or a Facebook. Just go out and get some experience - somewhere. Get an internship or an on-campus job during the school year if you can (believe me – I know how insane the coursework is at Denison and how busy you are– but trust me on this one).

Another Hint – most entry-level jobs will ABSOLUTELY require organizational / time management skills. If Denison has taught you one thing thus far (besides being a discerning moral agent) – it is 100% how to manage 32080193921 different things at once. You would be surprised how many people don’t have this skill…emphasize it.

But what helps you stand out the most– is knowing someone in a company who can pass on your resume.

What are some things that are turn offs on resumes?

What I’ve learned is that this differs at any company. GoPro ABSOLUTELY LOVES when you mention your hobbies. Some other companies might think that’s lame – so my opinion here may be a bit biased…

Other turn offs:

Mentioning your high school (unless you’re a freshman – maybe sophomore). Juniors/Seniors - don’t even think about it.

Saying that you did the same thing in 3 different ways under your job description. Woof.

Not having a nice format. Ain't nobody got time for that.

What's it like working at GoPro? How is the company culture?

GoPro is amazing. The culture is innovative – new things are happening all the time. People are excited and passionate. The people here are young (or young at heart). It is incredibly fast-paced. I find myself doing 1,000 things a minute and before I know it the day is over. You really have to roll with the punches and be ready for anything that gets thrown your way.

Although GoPro is a relatively established company, it feels a lot like a start-up. Our CEO wears basketball shorts and flip-flops to work on a daily basis. The VP of HR and I high five every morning. It is always fun – but we’re still figuring out how to do things. That being said, we don’t have a set/cookie cutter plan for everything. You literally get thrown into your job ( I had a lot of figuring out to do – thank you liberal arts education for those creative critical thinking skills!!) Sometimes this is stressful – but it also provides an enormous opportunity for growth. The employees really have a say in how we want to shape our company and I love that. If I could summarize it in one word, it's empowering.

Further advice from Eleni:

1) Go out and get experience.

2) Do not be afraid to reach out and Network. We LOVE hearing from you.

3) Don’t ever, ever, ever underestimate how well your liberal arts education will prepare you for the real world and finding a job. The skills Denison will teach will honestly make you stand-out once you start your job. Trust me, I didn’t believe this at first either – but it’s true. I work alongside people from MIT, Vanderbilt and Harvard – and people can't even tell who went where.

4) Enjoy every second. The hill is a magical place.

Ask a Fellow: Finding Resume Examples

Have a question for our fellows? Send your inquiries to with "Ask a Fellow" as the subject line. Your question could be featured in an upcoming newsletter!

This week's question: "I am developing a first draft of my resume. Where can I find some examples of resume documents to use to help tailor my own?"

Answer: In the CE&D Handbook, you will find multiple examples of resumes with different formats and structuring. If you are looking for downloadable documents, use DULink. Under "Resources" you can access the "Document Library," which contains many different downloadable example resumes. You can access the CE&D Handbook and DULink by going to MyDenison and clicking on "Campus Resources" and then clicking on "Career Exploration & Development."

"I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person."

- Mark Zuckerburg, at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

How to Write a Post-Interview Thank You Note

1. Personalization by Name and Quote

2. Reiteration of Your Strengths

3. Shoring Up of Your Weaknesses

4. A Suggestion to Meet Again