BY DAVID GUTIERREZ
Finding your dream job is a lot like trying to get into a good college, meaning that you will certainly need a top-notch resume to sell yourself. There is one encouraging statistics for graduates to keep in mind:
for people with a bachelor’s degree or more education, the unemployment rate is 2.5 percent, twice as less as a national average.
While there are plenty of things you should do in college, preparing your resume is among your main tasks. Besides internships and good grades, there are a lot of other activities that you can engage in college to have your resume creative, eye-catching, and up-to-date.
So, what are those little-known activities you can do before you graduate to make your resume stand out?
- Start a unique fundraising project.
As a college student, you probably do not have enough money; however, you have a precious resource – your time, which is enough to make a difference. There are a lot of ways to better your community and campus life, which can show your future employer that you have a creative mind and enough motivation to perform at your best.
For example, if you choose to major in ecology, think about crowd funding to organize solar projects and clean energy education events in college to involve your community into an idea to install solar panels in your local community or on campus. Or, if you are a public relations major, you might also think about making social media page for your college or helping promote college events among the local media.
Such little things as organizing a cleanup day or organize an after school program to help local students with their studies will show future employers that you are not only involved in academic activities but also can connect with people and have a certain level of organizational skills.
- Make valuable connections
Use your college semester to link up and find professional connections. Register on LinkedIn for professional networking and showcase your skills, experience, and keep an eye on the industry and hiring trends. For example, if you keep in touch with individuals working in your industry or connect with former internship managers, you can easily use them as a reference in your resume. Be a networker and do not miss future opportunities.
It goes without saying that volunteering helps to become an important part of the community and help people in need. Besides making a positive impact, volunteer experience is an attractive addition to resume. To make it more valuable for your future employee, volunteer for a cause that is related to your specialization. If you are going to work in a health industry, go to the healthcare sector.Luckily, even without a medical degree, there are a variety of opportunities to participate in different programs to help improve healthcare around the world.
- Get a Job
Balancing a job and college life can be challenging, although it offers a lot of benefits. You do not have to get a full-time job and spend 40 hours in the office. Consider either part-time or freelance work, that will help you gain skills to apply in your future career.
Thus you will get a job that will add to your resume and a money reward. Even if you didn’t manage to find somewhat related to your ideal job, you would get valuable communication skills, experience with money and working in a team.
- Become a leader in a student club
Getting involved in student organizations gives you new skills. However, leadership roles can give you much more: the ability to work in teams, time management and leadership skills. This role requires accountability and management excellence – great skills to include in your resume.
Although many fresh graduates feel confused when they sit down to write a resume, with some creativity and effort students can discover a lot of activities they have been engaged in during their studies. If put together, these extra activities will turn into a strong document that will help them get a good job even without having an experience in a large corporation or a solid internship program.
David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.