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Next Life Goal--Speak at TED! (Seth Godin Internship application)
Next Life Goal--Speak at TED! (Seth Godin Internship application)
Next Life Goal--Speak at TED! (Seth Godin Internship application)
Next Life Goal--Speak at TED! (Seth Godin Internship application)
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Next Life Goal--Speak at TED! (Seth Godin Internship application)

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My goal was to create a resume that everyone would enjoy reading--even if you weren't hiring. …

My goal was to create a resume that everyone would enjoy reading--even if you weren't hiring.

It was originally built for Seth Godin's internship, but many friends have enjoyed it, and I wanted to continue sharing.

"Send your application (you decide what's on it, that's part of the application) as a pdf of no longer than four pages..." - Seth Godin, Spring '08

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  • 1. Jeff’s guide to solving problems... What’s your solution?
  • 2. Experience life: Go full-screen! ClickHere!
  • 3. Context. Dream. Imagine solving a problem without understanding the situation. It’s like eating a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich without bread. You understand the world is full of problems—that’s why you’re not just looking for marketers, you’re look- ing for world-changers. I live in the same world. Some don’t mind mediocrity—I do. That’s why I was the sole applicant to my two previous internships—I asked world-changing bosses to create internships for me. World-changers are looking for other world-changers. Jeff’s Nutrition Facts: - Perfect verbal PSAT score at age 14 (two years early) - Ran a marathon without training; hiked 50 miles in 24 hours - Read a statistical book on winning monopoly at age 9 - Volunteered for five summers as a counselor at a ranch in North Dakota; “Kind like a teddy-bear; serious like a grizzly”—a camper - Attended college barefoot for a quarter - Last internship: co-founded kaizen team whose ideas led to 12% productivity increase and six production records - Averages five hours each week mentoring guys one-on-one - Still counts his childhood friends among his closest - Regularly runs out of room in his cell-phone address book You know what you want... Do you have the ingredients for success?
  • 4. Bite. Iterate. Sometimes the same solution won’t work. Especially when the average American eats 1,500 sandwiches by the end of high school. Solving problems can feel like a mosquito in a nudist col- ony. You know what you want, just not where to begin. You’ve made the sandwich—take a bite. Selecting interns requires thought. And risk. But what if I told you every person I know is brilliant in some unique way. What if I told you that never attending high school taught me the system isn’t the only successful approach. What if I told you some of my marketing educa- tion comes from stories I hear during weekly visits to a nursing home. What if I told you that if you aren’t satisfied with my performance, I’ll donate all the money to charity. There. I told you. Your risk isn’t negligible, but it is minimal. Context. Dream. Bite. Iterate. Who’s your next solution?
  • 5. The InterviewWhat is your academic background if you never attended high school? You’re an Econ & Lean manufacturing guy—why are you applying for a marketing internship? Homeschooled until age 16, then junior college (graduated with Honors). Currently a senior finishing a BA in Economics, and a BS in Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management. Because you will assemble exceptional people this sum- mer. Because you support the Acumen Fund. Because marketing is not just advertising. Because your action fig- ure wears mis-matching socks. Because Ramit Sethi told me you’re a great boss. Because you admit when you’re wrong. Because marketing is everywhere. Why write a playful eBook about solving problems? Where are you from? How can I reach you? 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes from Canada. jeff@jeffwidman.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (401) 417-4327 http://www.jeffwidman.com/blog I want my creative content to be “wall-able.” Something you post on your fridge, e-mail your friend, and print for your son. Content worth the world’s time. Credits: My parents raised this crazy kid, my housemates (all eleven of them) generated creative ideas, and multiple friends suggested revisions.

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