Shine Your Resume While Studying
Many people go to a college or university to enhance their employment opportunities by obtaining a degree. However, after graduating, everyone will be competing for the first graduate job against the people he/she has been studying with or who have graduated with the same qualification. In order to be one step forward, one should develop valuable skills in virtually all aspects of his/her life, and the art is to uncover all these skills and put them into words in which employers understand.
I encourage young people to take a deeper look at the things they love and what work means to them before starting to a work towards a degree. I don’t say the cliché; “Do what you love and you will never work a day.” I just want them to consider before deciding their career because all jobs including the one you love the most have some challenges but it is easier to bear the difficulties if you love your job. So if it is decided what to study, now it’s time to collect data to shine your resume for your future job while studying.
Do lots of projects. It is great to put an “academic projects” section into your resume. Listing academic projects on a resume allows you to demonstrate how you implemented what you learned in class. And that’s far more important and impressive than just saying “I took this course.”
Keep close relations with your instructors. College is one of the best places to start making industry contacts. Your instructors or professors can provide references which will enhance your job prospects. They may even have some contacts to find you job opportunities too. Sometimes it’s more important who you know than what you know.
Join a student club or society. Each university has many student societies for you to join. Whether you choose to join a student society that is relevant to your career path, or just wish to have some fun and meet people that share your common interests, it is without a doubt something that can really enliven your resume and make you stand out more to potential employers. As well as showing your hobbies, participation in student societies can also demonstrate transferable skills, such as your ability to be organized and not only work well with others but also negotiate with them.
Take a part-time job. Taking on a part-time job alongside your studies shows that you are a motivated individual who can manage the time and balance between achieving the grades and socializing and earning money to support both of them.
Be an intern. As you will be studying and therefore not have too much free time in the week to be an intern, the best time to apply for work experience is during the summer holiday. This also demonstrates your enthusiasm and determination to start your career. Instead of resting (which you deserved), you prefer to spend your time working.
Start your own business. The student environment is one of the best environments in the world for coming up with brilliant ideas for business projects and testing them on a small scale. Especially startups that focus on the environment and green economy are very important nowadays. You will have wonderful and exciting opportunities in the future if you start your student business on environmental issues.
I am sure that most students will agree that the job market is getting tougher and the need to differentiate is strong. Volunteering, travelling, blogging are some other valuable things to do while studying. If you have any more tips or some really innovative ways of getting ready for a job while studying, I would like to hear your comments below.
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