Welcome to Resume Rundown, a new GU franchise where various creatives have the spotlight to share the ebbs and flows of their career journey. At the GU Disruptor Summit, Denise Stephanie Hewitt shared her experience with pivoting, career endeavors, and being in college.
For many Zillennials, the next chapter after graduation can seem scary, especially when you decide to shift from one career field to another. In the GU Resume Rundown, attendees saw the gradual growth of becoming changemakers, influencers, and public figures.
Hewitt exemplifies how Zillennials can aspire to chase their dreams at a young age. Through the conversation, the Disruptor Summit highlighted that everyone has to start somewhere, and no career dream or aspiration is out of reach.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Kenyatta Victoria and Denise Stephanie Hewitt speak onstage at the Resume Rundown during the 2023 ESSENCE Girls United (GU) Summit on November 11, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Hewitt is a passionate visual creative and storyteller. Her resume ranges from a Marie Claire cover at 17 to a creative producer role with Tia Adeola. “I knew that creativity comes in many different forms for me, and photography is one of those,” Hewitt tells GU.
While studying in school, Hewitt knew her career did not have to wait until post-graduation. She realized LinkedIn was a powerful tool for college students because the resume builder feature allows you to curate the perfect resume.
“You want to make sure you’re tailoring it to the company but also to the role,” she says. “Look into what you’re responsible for so you know what they’re going to be looking for in that person they want to hire, which should be you.”
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 11: Denise Stephanie Hewitt attends the 2023 ESSENCE Girls United (GU) Summit on November 11, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
The most significant advice Hewitt shared with summit goers was to be brave and apply for those important roles. Though some places may want years of experience, your confidence could shine through during application.
“We have a lot of work to show, but we want to make sure that the projects that you put on your portfolio speak to your work ethic and tell a story,” she says.
Throughout the conversation, the central theme that stuck out was storytelling. Although the job hunt and application process seems rigid, Zillennials must shine their light for recruiters to see the value of having you on their team.
About Kenyatta: Clark Atlanta University and Medill School alumna Kenyatta Victoria is the Girls United writer covering everything from news, pop culture, lifestyle, and investigative stories. When not reporting, she’s diving deep into her curated playlists or binging her favorite comfort shows.