While many wait for summers to build their resumes, the truth is that you can build your resume all year long. School semesters are already busy, however, by working toward your career at the same time, you will get to where you want to be faster. Here are seven ways to continue adding to your resume and furthering your career during the school year.

Part-time internships

School can be overwhelming on it’s own, but carving out a few hours per week for a part-time internship is far worth it. Look for an internship in your area that could give you a good idea of what it’s like to work in your desired field. Whether it’s paid or unpaid, you won’t regret it when it helps get the job that you want.

Apply for leadership roles

Whether you’re already involved or wish to join new organizations, obtaining leadership roles will be an excellent addition to your resume. Apply for roles related to your career and interests; this will make for great conversation in future interviews.

Volunteer work

Volunteer work is a great addition to any resume. Search for organizations in the area that pursue work that you’re passionate about and ask about volunteer possibilities. Not only will this improve your resume, but it will make you feel great to work for the good of the community.

Take classes geared toward your career

A benefit of college is the ability to choose classes within your degree plan. When presented with a list of courses for the following semester, choose classes strategically that align with your specific interests and career plans. Additionally, choose elective courses that will be versatile and useful such as business and communications courses.

A part-time job

Work experience is always a plus for your resume. Even if your job isn’t in your desired field, juggling a job with school work undoubtedly improves time management skills. This is another plus to note in your resume and interviews with possible employers.

Free classes

You can expand your knowledge in classes that aren’t required for school online through websites such as LinkedIn and YouTube. No matter what your field of study is, it never hurts to expand your knowledge on things such as marketing techniques, business strategies and professional etiquette. Notably, you can pursue a LinkedIn Premium trial for free and gain access to educational videos. Additionally, try searching for free classes through Google.

Build your connections

Take time during your busy semester to connect with those who can provide useful career advice. You may not be able to physically add this to your resume, but connections are often heavily weighted in the job sphere. Having a wide network of quality relationships will usually take you further than a lengthy resume.

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To reach your dreams and career goals as soon as possible, it’s necessary to work twice as hard as you have in the past. Your semesters may be more stressful, but dedicating the extra time will be worth the pressure in the end when you land your dream job.

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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