Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Monday, June 29, 2015
It's great to think ahead and begin building your resume now in order to be more marketable when time comes to apply for jobs. Below are a few suggestions to help increase your professional competitive edge:
1) Take time to look at current job postings and review the skills and requirements desired of candidates. Make a list of common requirements and use this list as a starting point towards enhancing your skill set and experiences.
2) Visit the Career Center at your university. The professionals there are great resources to help improve your resume, offer mock-interviews, find internship and/or full-time opportunities, and more. The best part - their help is free to students!
3) Get involved on-campus and in your community. Building your resume with student-organization involvement and volunteer work is important. It shows that you're a well-rounded individual, you know how to manage your time, you take initiative, and you are able to work well in teams. While it's a great idea to be involved in organizations that relate to your desired job field, any experience is better than none.
4) Build your network now. Ask your professors, family and friends if they have connections in your desired job field. If they do, ask if they are willing to introduce you (even if the introduction is via email). When introductions have been made, be intentional about making contact and asking these folks about their careers, for advice, etc. Be sure to build a good rapport - one of these contacts could help you land a job in the future!
I think it’s admirable that you’re being proactive in your job search. I’m confident that following the suggestions above will help you as you build upon your skills and experiences.