Summer is a great time for laying out poolside, playing catch and grilling; but did you know that summer is also a great time to build your resume? Believe it or not, it is. Summer allows all of us to have freedom and with freedom comes growth. Here are three tips on how to build and grow your resume before classes start up in the fall!
1: Volunteer. Joining clubs can start up when we get back on campus, but there is not a better time than now to volunteer! Volunteering is not only a great way to serve the community, but can also be a great way to build your resume. Volunteering during the summer is a great way to become more well-rounded in different areas you can not find during the school year and to show that you took some initiative over the summer! Adapting to diverse, real-world situations go hand in hand with volunteering. Helping out at a food pantry, mentoring children or even helping with a local 5k run can be a great way to benefit the community, and your resume.
2: Get a more serious job. Summer is a great time to rid yourself of that lifeguarding gig and apply for a job that will be more beneficial on your resume! Apply for a customer service position at a local department store, a secretary or front desk position at a reality agency or even a party planner at a local events hall. All of these summer jobs will bring out skills you can easily describe and be proud of on a resume.
3: Job shadow. Job shadowing is a great way to experience your dream career without any commitments. Create a list of your top 5 companies and positions you would someday want to work and connect with a professional! A simple 2 hour shadow with the head of social media at a near by company, or a half-day shadow with a PR professional are great ways to better understand your industry of interest. Job shadowing is not only a great way to get a sneak peek at a specific type of career, but it is also a great way to network. Connecting with professionals in their home environment is a prime time to ask questions and get connected for future internships or jobs.
Good luck and have a wonderful and prosperous summer!
This blog post was written by Ellen W. a Campus Ambassador from Iowa State University.