13-17yrs, 18 & over, personal development

4 Ways to Step Up Your Resumé Without a Job


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Wanting to improve your resumé this summer? Finding a job that pertains to your future career field during this global pandemic can be hard. I know the struggle it is to get a summer internship or job that relates to your goal profession. No need to stress! Here are four ways you can beef up your resumé to keep investing towards your future.

Add Volunteering to Your Resumé!

CoVid-19 has affected the lives of so many people. There is no better time then the present to start giving back to your community. Try contacting your community’s shelters and soup kitchens! Especially right now, schools and churches are needing volunteers to help hand out food boxes to parents driving by.

Not only will you be helping out those in need, but you will be adding volunteer activity on your resumé to show how you stayed busy during this time. The experience you gain from helping out will be something you can take with you. The volunteering done at shelters or with churches will aid your communication skills. Volunteering to walk dogs at your local pet rescue would also look good and show future employers that you put in the work to do some type of volunteering, and it shows you have compassion.

Informational Interviews!

Alright, this one doesn’t directly help your resumé, but it does help you discover your path! Informational interviews are when you reach out to those in the career field you seek, and you would ask them about the ins and outs of their career. It is especially important if you are serious about getting into a position like that. Be sure to ask about the steps they took to get to where they are now. What internships did they do? What extracurriculars did they join in college? Find out the tools they used in order to create the path that works for you to obtain your goals.

Once you can visualize the path you need to take in order to achieve the dream career you want, you are able to move forward. Start searching for opportunities that you can add to your resumé later on. Reaching out to these leaders in the industry might seem scary, but don’t let that stop you! So many of today’s business women and men are more than willing to answer questions. They are eager to help you get a better idea of what you are looking in to.

Include Online Certifications on your Resumé!

Certifications step up your resumé! These show future employers your dedication to your education outside of the classroom.

If you are looking to become an entrepreneur, one online certification that I recommend is Starter U. This certification course was created by the Brian Hamilton Foundation to help others learn about how to start a business. It is completely free, and it can be completed under your own time. Another amazing source is Udemy! This website has certifications you will have to purchase, but the payoff is incredible! Especially during this summer, take the time to expand your knowledge and take certification classes on a whole range of topics!

If you want to try to focus on moving ahead in your classes and getting better grades, take a look at our explanation of the tools offered at Khan Academy!

Move Your Resumé Online!

One of the best things you can do is to create a LinkedIn profile. This allows you to take your whole resumé and put in into an online format where everyone can see. You’re able to add details because it does not have to be crammed into one page, like a resumé. Take the time today to create your profile and add in your experience, volunteering, certifications. Once that is all added, connect with the business leaders you interviewed. Making your resumé available online will certainly step it up!

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