Resumes aren’t always easy to build. Sometimes, at the beginning of your career, it can be difficult to gather enough content to fill an entire page. However, it is important to create a resume that looks as full as possible. Here are some tips for developing a robust resume:
- Start working as soon as possible. If you are young and still in college, or better yet, if you are still in high school, now is the time to start working. You probably won’t land your dream job today, but beginning to work now will help you develop essential skills that will prepare you for your dream career later. It will also show future employers that you have initiative and are able to responsibly handle a job. The more work history you can add to a resume, the better because it also shows potential employers that you have a good work ethic. Starting early may be the difference between creating a resume for your ideal profession, and putting your name in the hat to be a landscape design contractor.
- Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! While volunteer work may not pay, it is invaluable to your character. Volunteering benefits you as much as it benefits the people or organization for which you volunteer. It also shows potential employers that you care about people, which is essential in any work environment.
- Play team sports, join a club, or promote a cause. Being a part of a team, whether it is a sports team, a club, or promoting a cause, shows potential employers that you have experience in being a part of a team. It shows that you understand team work. Participation such as this shows employers that you seek to be productive with you time and didn’t just sit around and play video games as a teen and young adult.
- Pursue internships. Internships are often unpaid or low paying, but they provide experience you may not get elsewhere. While you may not get paid monetarily for an internship, you will certainly benefit immensely from the experience you gain. That experience can be added to your resume and give you a leg up over other recent college graduates who only have book knowledge. Real world experience in your field will make you more marketable to potential employers and improve your chances of finding a job.
What did you do to build up your resume before you had work experience? What are you doing to build it now?