Today, earning a degree is simply the first step in ultimately landing a job after graduation. Students are now challenged with the task of developing a resume that truly stands out from the competition.
It is essential to take the time while pursuing a degree to gain other experiences outside of the classroom.
When taking a break after this semester, don’t forget what should be on your career Christmas wish list.
Take the time to network with anyone and everyone –professors, peers and professionals. Look to professors for advice, get to know your classmates, and take advantage of networking events to meet professionals.
The people you meet as you are preparing for your career could be crucial to solidifying a job opportunity in the future. Focus on putting your best face forward and never under estimate the value of a connection.
Joining a campus organization or dedicating your time by volunteering can say a lot more about you than your GPA. Keeping up with your coursework is always important, but what you do outside of that expresses your interest in your career and gives you a chance to improve upon a number of real-life skills that will be useful in a future position.
If you are particularly interested in an organization, work towards a leadership position to become even further involved.
Having work experience before you enter the job market is a necessity. Look for internships that will benefit you by showing future employers you have already translated your knowledge into successfully completing tasks in the professional world.
An internship will also allow you to learn what skills you have and what you can improve upon before you graduate. Make a great impression during your time interning for a company and you’ll leave with references and possibly, a future job offer.
As a job search after graduation approaches perfecting your resume should be a priority. The culmination of your extra-curricular activities, coursework and experience has to represent you on one piece of paper, make sure it does so accurately.
Whether you are working on your resume, a portfolio or a cover letter, don’t shy away from showing your personality. Employers take it into consideration when comparing candidates to ensure that you can easily join their existing team and share similar values.
Think outside of the box when preparing these materials in order to land an interview.
Would you end up on the naughty or nice list of career preparation? Take your break to reassess how you can better prepare during your college career and a job could be next year’s gift.
What’s on your career Christmas wish list?
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