A college degree use to be the sole requirement for landing a job. Yet, the workforce has become increasingly more and more competitive. It's not enough to get your degree, you have to look at your college experience as an opportunity to build a resume that lacks work experience. From the first day of classes your resume begins to build (hopefully) and the idea is to never allow it to stop building (hopefully).
I've put together five key action items to help college students build that first resume and I'll share them with you. I think you'll see even if you've been in the workforce for years they all still apply.
1. Understand what types of careers your aligned
Take a look at your education, certifications and work experience and examine what careers you are really suited to move towards. It may give you confidence to move up or even make a career change to that dream job.
2. Gain a work history
If you are just starting out you need to get some work experience to show you can survive working with others along with many other working skills. If you you've been in the game awhile but are looking for a change, get any kind of experience in the field you are looking to move into. Adding community service where you can share a new skill set might just open some doors in the future.
3. Clean up your social media accounts
Whether you’re a teenage or adult make sure your social media account privacy settings are on. If you love sharing your thoughts with the world, understand that topics such as drugs, sexual content, profanity, guns, alcohol or your political affiliations can have a negative effect on your career.
4. Get a killer internship
When we think of internships we think of college students and it's true getting a great internship can make a huge impact on your future job prospects, but post-college grads can also get in on the action. It may not be in the form of a traditional internship but you may be able to gain experience by working part-time or working pro bono.
5. Network your butt off!
Well this one is pretty straight forward. Look for groups on LinkedIn, chamber meetings, community organizations anything that will get you connecting with other people. You'll find that others are really open to meeting and sharing information as well. Remember we are all in this together.
Remember, career development is a lifelong process and in order for you to get the most from your career you have to take care of it and work at it!