How to Graduate With a Strong Student Resume
by Puja Sarkar, Press & Written Media Team
The job market today for any field is quite competitive. To ensure one’s chances of securing a job after graduating from college, students must start working during their college years to strengthen their resume and stand out of the crowd. There are various ways to develop your résumé, both inside and outside the classroom. From volunteering and social work to taking advantage of chances for work-integrated learning, there are many ways in doing so.
Here are some options open to both international and local students to graduate with a strong résumé and increase chances of impressing any potential employers:
Join a club
Employers value candidates who can successfully juggle a variety of responsibilities and obligations. Joining clubs that match your interests and skills is a terrific opportunity to show this. This can help you meet people, have fun and make wonderful experiences during your time as an international student, in addition to being a great method to improve your resume. This might include clubs like drama, music, debate, science and so on. However, juggling too many clubs can become strenuous. Hence, it is essential to pick clubs that you can be committed to and can fit with your schedule. Moreover, if you can climb the ladder and secure a leadership position, it will further strengthen your resume.
One of the most effective methods to improve your resume is by volunteering. It demonstrates your sense of community and initiative. It can be a terrific way to engage with locals and familiarize yourself with issues in the country where you are studying, especially if you are an international student. It is critical to use intelligent decision-making when picking a volunteer opportunity. It is worth considering how your participation and contribution to volunteering will stand out to potential employers. Before applying, it is a good idea to do some research and determine whether the work aligns with your future career goals. To find out about such opportunities, get in touch with volunteer coordinators or volunteer databases, then pick the one that best suits your schedule and interests.
Additionally, volunteer work also presents an opportunity for networking and potential future references.
Internships can open many doors for employment after graduating. Employers frequently look for recent grads who have some relevant real-world work experience. One of the best methods to help you stand out from the competition and strengthen your resume is to enroll in a program or course that provides possibilities for work-integrated learning or internships.
An excellent method to obtain experience in the real world and get your foot in the door at a company is to work as an intern. One solid internship experience will go much further than working many part-time jobs or having multiple internships. Before opting for such opportunities, think about if the internship or course is right for you and aligns with your major or future career goals. It is also a great opportunity to work on building a relationship with your peer, coworkers and managers.
Build a network
Through these interactions, it is important to make connections with your peers and potential employers. Not only are you meeting new people, but also opening yourself up to various opportunities. Building connections and relationships with individuals you know, barely know and have never met before is what networking is all about. Additionally, it is a useful way to get references you can utilize later on in job applications. References are essentially people who can vouch for your character, abilities, work ethics and professional history. Therefore, you must carefully choose these people.
Develop your personal brand
Your personal brand is how other people perceive you and how you present yourself to prospective employers. Your reputation, trustworthiness, and potential go beyond your credentials. The first steps in creating your personal brand is to make the decision to act morally, to go above and beyond what is required and to strive to be the best friend, coworker, student and best person you can be.
You can create your own unique personal imprint on your name or your job through personal branding. It is among your most valuable strategic assets. This mark can be used to convey your abilities, qualities, personality, growth as a person and values. Your brand gives you the opportunity to find your voice, makes you stand out and helps you define your special qualities.
Building a strong resume can be challenging, especially with the hectic schedule that comes with college. Focusing on what you want to achieve while being able to experience new opportunities to develop your skills, grow as an individual and have a fruitful time during college is essential to building your resume and making the most of your college years.
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