Jumping into Daxko

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Jumping into Daxko is not unlike leaping into a rushing river, and I mean that in the best way possible. It doesn’t take much effort to be swept away by the culture and attitudes of the people around you. The community is so vibrant and outgoing; everyone permeates enthusiasm. After a few days people caught on that the bearded guy wasn’t just a visitor, and started introducing themselves to me and made sure to tell me that if I had any questions I could “come directly to them”.

The onboarding process has been thorough (looking at you, PCI Compliance) and sometimes puts you on the spot (I had to give a fun fact about myself at a recent company-wide meeting), but it feels more like a rite of passage to be worthy of joining an amazing group of people.

I applied at Daxko because I was looking for an environment of like-minded people who cared about what they did, how they did it, and perhaps most importantly, the people they do it with. I may be on chapter one of my Daxko journey, but if the rest of the book is anything like the beginning, I can’t wait to read more!

Zac R. is a Project Manager who loves naps, karaoke, and self-deprecating humor.

A Bona Fide Recruiter’s Top 5 Resume Tips

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I review thousands of resumes every year that represent thousands of candidates who would love to work for Daxko. I’ve seen some truly great resumes, and I’ve also seen some that are not so great. A great resume is a must-have regardless of the career you want, and these are my top five tips for creating a resume that will get noticed at Daxko (and likely anywhere else you apply).

#1: Design matters.

The role you apply for will dictate just how creative you should be with your design, but any resume should have a design that makes it easy to read and find the pertinent information. Keep in mind that the average recruiter or hiring manager spends about six seconds reviewing a resume before making a decision to look further or move on (but lucky for you, we’re not average here at Daxko).

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to have a nicely formatted resume, either. You can find templates on Microsoft Word and Google Docs; or, if you want a fancier format, you can find some on Freepik or Creative Market. And if you are a graphic designer or applying for a creative position, please don’t come at me with an ugly Indeed resume with no formatting!

#2: Like a good suit, the best resumes are tailored.

Your resume should be tailored to the job you are applying for, not for any job at any company. I’ve heard many people compare interviewing to dating, and that comparison really works well here. When you’re dating, you want to feel like your date really wants to be with YOU, not just any warm body. Employers have feelings, too… and we want to know you want THIS job at THIS company.

#3: Objectives are so 1996.

If you’re applying for a job, we’ll assume that your objective is to get said job. Instead, use that valuable resume space to provide a summary of your experience or to highlight some of your career successes. If you’re a new grad or someone just entering the workforce, focus on classes you’ve taken that are applicable or successes while in school (did you maintain a 4.0 while working to support yourself through school?)

Other things to leave off your resume include:

  • References – We’ll ask for those separately if you make it to that point in the interview process. Save that space on your resume for more useful information.
  • College details from more than a decade ago – Most employers don’t care what sorority you were a part of in 1998. Internships also take up valuable real estate on your resume and can be removed for anyone more than 5 years out of school (unless your internship was especially noteworthy/career defining).

#4: Everyone loves a mystery… except on your resume.

Don’t make me guess or jump through hoops to get the information I need. What do I mean by this? Well for starters, make sure you put your contact information at the top of your resume. Don’t hide it at the bottom, or even worse, forget to include it altogether. And your LinkedIn profile is great, but I want an email and a phone number to reach you (call me old school).

I also don’t want to guess about your work history – include dates and locations. I’ve yet to meet a recruiter who actually enjoys reading functional resumes; so skip that, include your work history, and write a cover letter if necessary.

#5: Check yo’ self (before you wreck yo’ self).

Really though, proofread your resume… and then have someone else proofread it for you. You don’t want silly grammatical or spelling issues to stand between you and your dream job! It’s almost laughable how many resumes I see with “detailed oriented”… you’ve just got to love the irony there! I can look past a typo, but if you can’t string a few words together without me shaking my head, we have a problem.

There are probably several more I can think of, but these stand as my top 5. If you have questions, or want to tell me how wrong I am about functional resumes… good news! We’re hosting another #AskDaxko Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 19th, at 11:30 AM. We’ll chat for an hour about resume do’s and don’ts, our favorite formats and fonts, and all that jazz. Got a question, but can’t join live? Feel free to send it in ahead of time using the #AskDaxko hashtag, and we’ll address it during our chat. Hope to “meet” you in the Twittersphere!

Beth Wolfe is Daxko’s Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist who is from the beach, but thinks Birmingham is waayyy cooler; and who enjoys any Seinfeld reference worked into everyday conversations.

My First Months as a Daxko Intern

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I’ve always been one of those people who knew what she was going to be.

Ever since I could pick up a crayon, I would create whenever and wherever I could. And ever since I could use a mouse and keyboard, I would create with technology. As a millennial experiencing adolescence in a time where iMacs were becoming commonplace in school systems, my initial curiosity sprouted from my desire to reimagine reality.

Daxko has allowed me the freedom to combine my passion for art and technology in an impactful way. With most of my assignments consisting of graphic design work, something I had no prior confidence in, I feel like I can add a new skill to my résumé now that I’ve designed a few promotional cards and flyers. Additionally, I am pleased I can use my cultivated skills in videography to create and provide promotional footage for the Daxko team.

In just over a month, I feel that I have challenged myself to take initiative with learning as much as I can about the tech industry, ERP systems, and event marketing. I’ve always had an interest in the tech industry, but learning about the products offered by Daxko’s software has piqued my curiosity in how multimillion dollar businesses operate. Coincidentally, the final course of my undergraduate degree is on information systems accounting, so I have been applying my studies on enterprise reporting programs and their growing importance in industries. Furthermore, I have networked and been advised by team members with career positions I aspire to. I have learned a lot from my interaction with the marketing team as to how many dedicated people it takes in making sure an event runs smoothly.

While entering “the real world” is an uncomfortable thought many recent college graduates share, I’ve always felt born ready to face anything the world has to offer me. In a short amount of time, I have experienced an easy transition from the academic setting to the office environment. They really were not kidding when they said it’ll be no time before I feel like I’ve always been part of the Daxko team!

Rebecca J. is a Marketing Events Intern who enjoys photography.

Why are Internships so Important?

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As a soon-to-be college grad, I’m familiar with our worst nightmare – unemployment.  Many of my friends are constantly job hunting and perfecting their resume, but do not realize it’s missing one of the most important things. Work experience! Not just the bold, underlined or italicized section header on your resume, but actual, in-the-field, get-your-hands-dirty work experience. In college, one of the best ways to accomplish this is through internships. My first internship was here at Daxko in 2012, and here I am for round two in 2014! You may be asking yourself, “Why are internships so important?” Here are three reasons you should start searching for your perfect opportunity now.


  • Real-world experience: The classroom teaches the basics, but the internship will teach you so much more.  From industry lingo to the intricacies of Microsoft Office, you’ll gain practical knowledge that will set your resume apart. You’ll also learn more about yourself than you thought possible! Your strengths, your weaknesses and the skills necessary to become a competitive applicant in your job hunt.


  • Networking: If your only connections on LinkedIn are your classmates, your professional network could benefit from expansion.  At Daxko, I work with people who are skilled in their field and involved in their communities.  Not only have they helped me meet other young professionals; I now have excellent references to add to my resume.


  • Expanding your skill set: Two years ago, my skills included writing and the ability to nap anywhere. Today, I have professional experience in a niche field (the wonderful world of email marketing) and am learning HTML, Photoshop and other skills employers value, especially in recent grads.


A high-quality resume will land you the interview, but high-quality work experience will land you the job.  Start searching now for opportunities in your field, and be sure to check our job listings often for your perfect internship.  Have you had success with a past internship? Tell us about it and how it helped you land your first job.