Summer is just around the corner! The sun starts to come out, you dust off the shades, and then reality hits. “OMG Summer is almost here and my parents will be pissed if I don’t get a job or an internship!” 😱
There is certainly a time and a place for a resume overhaul, or even creation, if you don’t have one. Every college student should make some dedicated time to really clean up their resume. It is worth doing before you start a job search, or even just once a year to brush it up.
Today’s college graduates face a bit of a dilemma when beginning their job searches. Employers want candidates with experience, even for low level entry positions. But how can you land a job when you haven’t had experience in the workforce? It’s a tricky situation.
So what is a college student to do?
The good news is there are many ways for college students like you to avoid being caught unprepared:
1. Reach out to Experts
Summing up your amazing skill set and experience in one page is tough. And making your resume stand out in a sea of other applicants is extra challenging. These days you need to know what keywords to use, how to optimize your resume to pass recruiters' screening software, and how to showcase your unique talents. Fortunately, there are experts that can help you crush your CV and land that dream job. We highly recommend Monster to help you get your resume "Shining bright like a diamond 💎"
2. Get Involved on Campus
College campuses across America are filled with endless clubs and activities. Not only do they create friendships, but club involvement pumps up your student resume. Participation shows future employers that you did more than the bare minimum in college. It demonstrates that you can efficiently balance school work with extracurricular activities.
3. Volunteer like There Is No Tomorrow
Most people think that if they have no work experience, they have no chance of landing a job. That's definitely not true. Volunteer work can be extremely valuable, and counts as work experience! Although you don't get paid for volunteering, those experiences still show your work ethic, character and skill set.
4. Job Shadow
Job shadowing is the best on-the-job learning. Students work aside and watch a professional in their intended field of study, or a career they wish to explore further. It’s a great way to get hands-on experience in your industry of interest.
5. Say Cheese
Having a professional headshot go a long way! 📸 That cropped out picture you like of yourself with a group of friends or that on point selfie is a no go. Go to your local mall and stop at Picture People or similar store and pay the $50 or so to get a professional headshot taken. Having a professional headshot will make you stand out and shine on your resume and LinkedIn profile.
6. Spell Check Is Your Friend
You spend ample time working on your portfolio, print it out on special paper and get ready to go to that job interview. But wait what's that? Right on the front of your resume, a small typo. It's only a small error, probably insignificant right? Wrong! A large percentage of recruiters said that they would turn down an applicant due to a typo on part of their portfolio. ✔️
The real reason why resume spelling and grammar are so important is because you want to present yourself in a manner that focuses on your career strengths while down playing your weaknesses. An easy way to make yourself look better is to be sure that you always spell your words correctly.
7. LinkedIn Is In
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile already you should create one RIGHT NOW. This is crucial to your job/internship hunt. This is one site you’ll want to showcase only your best accomplishments. Employers are turning to this site for almost every interviewee to see what their professional network looks like. This is where all of our previous tips can be on display. Upload that professional headshot we discussed earlier, highlight your volunteer work, job shadowing and past employers. Everyone wants a foot in the door and LinkedIn helps get you to that door.
8. Hide the Parties
We all have a few friends who have that public profile in hopes of becoming social media famous. We hate to be the one to tell you but if you haven’t made it by now, you don’t stand a chance. Picture this…. You send you resume to your dream job/internship, the employer searches your name on social media and stumbles across your public profile 😱 they view all of your drunken college parties pics, that cheeky bikini pic from spring break, or that political meme you might have posted. Your resume is then discarded. Keep your social profiles private and you’ll thank us later!
9. Don’t Wait
What are you waiting for? Now is never a better time to start pumping up your resume. You can’t build a great resume overnight, so don’t wait until after you graduate. There are plenty of ways to get started on developing your resume now and continue building it throughout your academic career.
Between the internships, volunteer opportunities, student jobs and campus involvement, you’ll gather a variety of valuable skills and experience that employers will be attracted to. So get going, this is your future! 💯
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