A well-crafted résumé can help you land everything from a great internship to your dream job. And believe it or not, the beginning of a busy semester is the perfect time to start building one.
Check out our list of 6 things you should do in the upcoming semester to help your résumé stand out.
Do It Yourself.
Major projects from classes are great to include on your résumé, but adding a project you started on your own is even more impressive. Consider creating a fundraiser for a cause you care about, planning an event for an organization or starting your own freelance business. Your planning abilities combined with your initiative will show hiring managers you’re a self-starter.
Volunteering is rewarding in more ways than one. A long-term volunteer position displays commitment, passion and character. Look for opportunities that relate to your major, such as training new volunteers, or helping with an organization’s financial documents. And remember: one consistent volunteer role usually stands out more than many short-lived ones.
Contrary to popular belief, research isn’t just something you do when writing a paper. Gathering in-depth knowledge about an issue in your field that you’re passionate about can set you apart as an expert. Sign up for a research course on campus or ask a current professor if you can help with their research so you can complete it alongside your coursework.
Becoming a leader on campus is a great way to demonstrate initiative and learn how to positively influence others — both qualities recruiters look for in job candidates. Sharpen your leadership skills by volunteering for new student orientations or becoming involved with a student organization and applying for an officer position. Leadership skills in an area you’re passionate about that also relates to your future career path will make you stand out as an applicant.
While preparing for a case competition can be intense, the learning experience is always rewarding — just ask the many Bauer students who have entered (and won) them. Invite a few friends from class or a student organization to sign up for an upcoming competition in your field of study. Not only will you gain valuable real-world experience, but if you place, you’ll have a new accolade to add to your résumé.
Learn a New Skill.
In the same amount of time you binge Netflix during study breaks, you could be learning a new skill to add to your résumé. Just a few hours a week can be enough to start picking up new skills such as coding, understanding Google Analytics, or learning a new language. Look for an affordable online class that offers certificates and you could even end up with a new certification to list on your résumé.
By Priscilla Aceves