Besides a college degree or an internship, building a solid resume is arguably the most important step to landing a job after graduation.
Some college students make the mistake of thinking I’ll build my resume after I graduate, when it’s time to job-hunt, but in reality, you’re supposed to start working on your resume way before graduation.
Getting an internship often requires a resume, and believe it or not, other college students will apply for the same internship. Like any job or career, a resume could separate a good candidate from a great one when searching for an internship.
Constantly updating your resume with volunteer work, activities you’re involved with in school, and past jobs is essential.
Here are some tips via Monster.com,
Many students have part-time, seasonal or temporary work experience that is unrelated to future career goals. You don’t want to pack your document with irrelevant details, says Feldberg. On the other hand, prospective employers value candidates who demonstrate dependability and a strong work ethic, even if the experience is in a different industry.
Having experience, whether a part-time job, internship, or volunteer work, is obviously important when building a resume. Still, tweaking your resume for certain applications is also important. List the experience you have in the order of the requirements the employer is targeting. Not every employer is seeking the same requirements, so update your resume as need be.
If you have any questions about building a resume or anything career related, check out Utica College Career Services.