Listen up college grads!
It’s officially time for you to get a job. But even if you’ve never worked in an office, your college days have given you more experience than you think. So, before you start circulating that less then impressive resume, here are some things that’ll help beef it up. We got this information from CareerBuilder.com.
- Your course work. Remember those weeks you spent in the student center working on that project for marketing class? That’s experience. So is the 3,000-word investigative journalism story you researched for a whole semester. If you worked on a project or paper in the classroom that directly relates to a certain field, include it on your resume in a “relevant coursework” section. But a word of caution: Don’t list classes just for the sake of listing classes. The section is called “relevant coursework” for a reason.
- By including campus leadership position. It’s impressive to be dorm president. And it’s even MORE impressive when you show how you managed a $10,000 dollar budget and implemented a plan to reduce dorm vandalism, or annual cleaning costs.
But don’t rely on a fancy title. You need to show how your time and hard work made an IMPACT.
- Consider clubs and other extracurricular activities. So, you couldn’t get a part-time job because when you weren’t in class, you were on the basketball court. Well, your experience as an athlete probably taught you leadership, teamwork and some serious time-management skills. These are all things employers consider important. Or maybe you were in charge of recruiting members for your sorority. You now have experience managing a budget, supervising a staff and coordinating Public Relations campaigns to make your sorority’s image as impressive as possible.
- If you’re a new grad. List volunteer work on your resume. If you spent 1 or 2 days a week helping at a nursing home or distributing political fliers, include that. More than 60% of hiring managers say they count volunteer work as relevant experience.