While building your resume probably isn’t on your mind until at least your junior year of college, it’s important to be thinking about during all four years. Working throughout your college career to build your resume is only going to help you in the long run and will keep you from stressing out once you’re in your last year. Here are six things that you can do to boost your resume during your time in college to get your dream job.
Not only will community service look good on your resume, but you’ll feel so great about yourself after helping others. There are so many different ways that you can get involved with your community and give back while in college. From Relay for Life, to volunteering at the local nursing home or animal shelter, you can find something that you’re passionate about and throw yourself into it. You will create so many new skills to add to your resume and feel amazing afterwards.
2) Join a club/organization
This may seem like a pretty obvious one, but get involved with as many clubs and organizations on campus as you can, without overdoing yourself. Are you a journalism major? Get involved with your school newspaper or TV station. Do you love politics and want to be a political activist? Join an organization such as College Republicans or Turning Point USA. Do you love sports but can’t make the time commitment to play for your school’s team? Play on an intramural or club team! The possibilities are endless, and every time you join a new club you are adding to your resume.
3) Get an internship
Paid or unpaid, an internship is a huge resume booster. This can get you experience in the field that you want to go into, and can also help you figure out what exactly you want (or don’t want) out of your future career. Sometimes your internship can actually give you a job offer for when you graduate if you perform well.
4) Have a job
Whether it’s at school or over summer/winter breaks at home, on-campus or off-campus, having a job in college not only gives you some extra cash, but it’s also perfect for a resume. Having any job in college, even if it isn’t related to your major, gives you experience working with people and will help you gain new skills.