50 | Do you dare to think innovatively in your job search? ADVERTISEMENT For many companies, innovation is part of their DNA. It's about seeing opportunities, harnessing knowledge and ultimately turning the idea into a solution that creates value in society. At GN, innovation is one of the things that drives the business, which is why Cecilia Christiansen and Peter Meno Høgh, Senior Talent Attraction Partners at GN, have a question for you too: Do you dare to think innovatively in your job search? Show and tell We love innovation! What was your latest great idea? What did you work on at uni? How did you do it – and what's next? Innovative companies love to see what you're passi- onate about and dream of working on, and if you throw a link to your portfolio in your application, or bring a model of something you've created to the interview, they’ll look at it with excitement. Throw »usually« in the trash at the job interview Innovative products are created by innovative ideas, so why not show that you have them in your application and at the interview? Be creative, ask questions, be curious and inqui sitive: »When I think of your company, I think of.«, or »I've always wondered why your company has.«. It can feel like a bold move to p otentially challenge what or how a company is doing things, but it might just pay off. Tip: GitHub is a great tool for showcasing projects, but use the tool that suits you best, whether it's on the web, an app, a 3D model or something else entirely. »Then maybe you're the one we're looking for?« »Do you have more than 20 years of experience as a consul - tant, developer, project manager and Scrum Master? Then maybe you’re the one we are looking for.« Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but you get the point: nobody can do everything. But maybe you've spent countless hours in the lab or had a relevant student job? No doubt that's given you valuable experience too. Tip: Get to know the company. If it's an innovative company, be innovative, curious and challenging in your approach so they know you've considered who you're interviewing with. That's likely to give you extra points. Tip: Being a recent graduate doesn't just mean you're up to date with the latest theoretical knowledge. If you've spent time in the lab, on a student job or volunteering, that experi- ence can be just as valuable as from a full-time job.
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