One of the most frustrating things is when you want to start investing in your career, but it feels as if you aren’t experienced enough to even begin.
With internship requirements, having enough school credit, or continuously coming up empty-handed, beginning the foundations of your resume isn’t an easy task. As hopeless as it can make you feel, there are a few ways to make your experience more feasible.
Get Involved With The College Organizations
The first and easiest ways to build your resume is by getting involved on campus. Becoming invested in clubs on campus that are related to your major is an important task when growing your resume.
You want to make sure to get into the clubs that relate to your field of study and the career you’re trying to reach. That way when you later apply for interships they see that you are clearly dedicated to the subject.
Shadow The Person With Your Ideal Job
One of the best things you can do is go to the person with your ideal job, ask them if you can observe, help, or simply do mundane tasks for free in order to get your foot in the door. When you find someone to take you under their wing, work harder than anyone there getting paid.
This will leave such a good impression on the person mentoring you, and it’ll show that you’re willing to go above and beyond. I know it may not be your first option, but at the beginning, you have to work hard, so it will pay off in the end. Who knows maybe in the future, you’ll be offered a job at that same company.
Reach Out To Older College Students
Reach out to older college students in your field. I know it may feel a little weird, but chances are that friend of a friend is probably more than happy to help you figure out a good spot to start.
Most juniors or seniors in college have already begun building their resume and know exactly what you’re going through. They can give you some insight that you can’t get anywhere else.
Talk To The College Faculty
If all else fails, your advisors and professors are there to help baby step you through the steps you can start to take. They are there to help you when you get lost, to help show you the best path for you.
The faculty at your college has been through the same experience and frustration, they can give you amazing advice. Oftentimes advisors and professors even have connections outside of the university that can help you get into an internship that you may not have gotten into without recommendation.
No matter what obstacles get in your way don’t forget that the most important part is simply beginning. If you never start, you’ll never be able to reach the goals you’re working towards.
Once you push yourself to actively look for experience, internships, and other things to help boost your resume, don’t stop until it’s a resume no company could turn away.