Looking to get that cutting-edge experience resume, but don’t have the ability to get off campus to do it? No worries. We have eight ways to boost your resume on-campus, and we decided to add a few of our own and some from TeenVouge.
Plan events for your school.
Being a part of the on-campus entrainment club is a great way to work your skills at planning major events. It teaches you time management, how to delegate, time scheduling, and much more. Other student-centered offices, like Student Life or Community Living, often host events as well and are always looking for planners. Using their needs as a way to boost your street cred is just a plus.
Talk with alumni.
Every school has a department solely focused on calling alumni for event planning, class reunions, and most of all, money. Use this to your advantage. While it might seem daunting to talk to someone on the phone you have never met in person, TeenVogue suggests that this is a “critical skill to have.” Plus, you get to know your school’s alumni community, which can only help you in the long haul.
Tutor fellow students.
Who would have thought that taking a little time out of your day to help a peer out could actually be an unsung resume boost? Tutoring teaches you more than math. It helps you with tasks such as communication, presentation, and articulation, all of which are tasks you will be needing for that future job.
Get social savvy.
Almost all colleges nowadays have some sort of social media presence, and it takes a special person to keep it all up-to-date. That person could be you! Tweeting, liking, sharing, pinning, and posting current content is what keeps the presence going, and it takes a dedicated person to keep up this task, not another school employee. Schools are always looking for students to do this, too, because our generation is the most involved on social media. Since we know the most about it, we might as well utilize it for future job hunts.
Snag a position on a publication staff.
Why is this one helpful? It teaches you to work on a deadline, how to capture video, audio, pictures, information, and interviewing skills. Work on getting involved with the student newspaper or yearbook or campus magazine and see what you can do. Edit photos, stronger writing, capturing video from the Karaoke competition in the coffee shop… it all looks good to future employers.
Be an assistant to a professor.
Not only does it give you into the department’s behind the scenes, but you get to mentor beside someone who has been in the field. Get to know why they got involved in their profession, why they got into teaching, and see how they can affect your overall job trajectory. You might also pick up some valuable information, as well as a recommendation letter, along the way.
Help manage the sports team.
If you are interested in sports medicine/management, get a job working directly with them. By managing a sport’s team or acting as an assistant, you get to be on the sidelines during games and get one-on-one action with the players, even travel time! If you’re not much of a sideline person, working the check-in desk for the department or working at the on-campus wellness center are other options, as well, that looks great when trying to break into sports.
Produce a school play.
If you can work with your hands and aren’t too bad at arts and crafts, working in the theatrical department might be right up your alley. Work with set design to get a real hands-on, behind-stage experience. Have a talent? Get out in the spotlight. This shows confidence as well as presentation. More of a tech geek? Work the technical side with sound and mic equipment.
Get techie in the Tech Center.
Love working with technology? Working in the tech center might be more beneficial than you think. Having your hands on troubleshooting tricky computers and unjamming printers is something that could give you an edge in the workplace. Knowing the ins and outs of how technology helps save you and your company time (and $$) than having to outsource a computer tech.
Become a school ambassador.
Giving tours for your campus not only gives you the opportunity to learn more about your campus, but it also teaches you how to effectively communicate and persuade a crowd. You may have to answer poignant questions that will put you on the spot and you must answer them briefly while still giving a strong answer. You also are having to talk to a group of strangers. This gives you a confidence in the workplace in addition to the presentation.