First things first – every job you have is a resume builder. Resumes are built on whatever you’ve done in life.
They are a nice way to paint a portrait of your life, education, and work experience on a single page of paper. A resume will tell an employer a little about you quickly. Having an interesting resume will intrigue them and make them want to know more about you.
A resume can show that you’re a hard worker or that you’re a slacker. It can show that you’re an interesting person that has done cool things. It can show that you’re the person for the job. A resume doesn’t necessarily define you, but it makes a big impression.
When you’re sending off resumes to employers, you want to be able to fill in all the blanks – education, experience, skills, and certifications. Usually the biggest blank is experience. Employers want to see that you have some experience. It can be work experience or life experience, but experience is important. Often college students have a big blank on their resumes when it comes to that ever-important experience section. This is why it’s important to have a summer job. Summer jobs not only pay, but they give you a valuable experience. There are several ways to think about it.
Internships are the ultimate resume builder. They give you experience in the field of your choice. Usually it’s in a business setting and can sometimes even lead into a job. If you’re looking into an internship for the summer, you probably already have a good idea about what type of career path you want to take.
You may intern at an accounting firm if you want to be an accountant, at a bird sanctuary if you want to be a biologist, or at an outdoor outfitter if you want to be a hunting guide. Internships give you a valuable experience in a field that may end up being your career.
Like many college students, you may have no idea what you want to do when you grow up.
That’s okay, but you still need experience for that resume. Your experience will be with you for the rest of your life – not only helping your resume but also making you who you are. If this is the case, anything will help out, so be sure to do something you’ll enjoy. That’s easy. If you like to raft, be a rafting guide. If you like travel, be a tour guide. If you like kids, be a camp counselor. If you like what you’re doing, it will be a great.
What it comes down to is, don’t waste your summer vacation. As a college student, you have to start preparing for the job world, and the best way to do that is to have a great resume. Nobody ever said that building your resume has to be boring, so have fun.