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.

1) Volunteer

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.

5) Look into Greek life

Joining a Greek organization can get you multiple things to put on your resume: leadership positions, community service, philanthropy fundraising, etc. Joining Greek life can be anything from a social sorority or fraternity, an honors fraternity, a service fraternity, a business fraternity, and so many others. Obviously Greek life isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely worth checking out to see if it is for you! At the very least, you will meet a lot of new people to network with and make friends with. Just going through the recruitment process can open up so many windows for you.

6) Constantly motivate yourself

This is the single most important thing to do in college to keep your resume looking its best. Constantly motivate yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Nothing ever happens when you wait around, so get out and start creating the life that you want. Push yourself to get good grades so that you can keep your GPA high. Try that new club/organization that you have been too scared to go to. Apply for a new job. You never know what can come from it and how many opportunities can come from one decision that you make today.

Jessica M
FFL Contributor
Jessica is a student at Shippensburg University pursuing a bachelor’s in Public Relations. She is a lover of all things pink & sparkly, going to church every Sunday morning, puppies & pigs, and Netflix binges. She is fiercely patriotic and hopes to have another president like Ronald Reagan. She has a southern state of mind and plans on moving to the South someday!

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