Want to add something incredible to your resume that puts you over the edge? Do something over Spring Break that you’ll be able to sell to employers! Show them that you take advantage of your free time in productive ways by trying some of these Spring Break ideas.
Shadow someone in your profession
This shows your dedication to your major and profession of interest. It also shows that you have some experience and have spoken with and have connections to professionals in your field. If you don’t know where to start choose a company you think would be of interest and use their contact information to find out if it’s a possibility.
Whether in your hometown or in a far off country, community service work always looks good on a resume. You are dedicating your free time to helping other people! Good for you! Ever heard of Alternative Spring Break?
Continue your current internship
This can be harder to sell, but it shows a willingness to spend break furthering your knowledge and skills rather than lying on the beach or watching Netflix. Don’t have an internship to start with? Check out Internships.com.
Help out your old high/middle/elementary school with a fundraiser
EVERYONE likes to see that you know how to contribute to a fundraiser. It’s a bonus you get to see old friends and faculty and you might just stumble upon some networking opportunities while you’re at it.
Learn something new
Take the time off to learn to code or speed through a language learning app like Duolingo. You can then add this skill to your resume, giving employers more reasons to hire you.
In order to land that amazingly incredible summer internship, you have to start looking for them. But, where should you start looking? Try these sites you probably visit fairly often anyway:
After you have completed your profile, use the search box to search for internships or companies that you’d like to work for. Search combinations of your area of interest and the term “intern,” because you are searching through job positions. For example, if you are a communications major from L.A., you can search “PR intern” or “Communication intern.” Once you have started your search, there is a sidebar where you can input your location information. Also, be sure you are searching under jobs and not people or organizations.
Search for, and start following, accounts that post jobs having to do with your major. These accounts post all sorts of positions from all over- so keep your eye on these. Following these accounts will likely become useful later on (i.e. after college) as well. Search for a combination of your major or area of interest and the word “job(s).” Also make sure to follow your college, school, and career centers’ twitter accounts. They may have helpful information and internship notifications!
Most universities have websites specifically designed to help students and alumni find internships and jobs. Check out your school’s website again and look for a “Career Center” page or an “Internship Finder” page. Then plug in your major and voila!
Good luck on your internship hunt!
As I am finishing up my own internship, I have gained lifelong skills that will beneficially impact my life as I move on to new experiences. Any internship offers something different, whether it’s new people, new atmospheres or new tasks; an internship can help you reach your future goals.
Here are my 3 points of view of how beneficial internships are.
1. THE PEOPLE
Having an internship as a college student with an established company, allows you to network with people you ordinarily wouldn’t. Meeting new people during an internship can help you make connections for a possible future career. According to Forbes, internships have been one of the best ways to get a job since 2013! As a college student you have to make the right impression to all the right people and then who knows, you might just land your dream job! At any point in time within your current or future internship you could be corresponding with a future career connection.
MY ADVICE: When you start an internship, try to get to know who you’re working with. Find common ground for connections and most of all work hard to show them what a great intern you are.
2. THE ATMOSPHERE
Having multiple internships in different places is actually very beneficial. Not only do you learn how to get to new places around your city or in a new state but you also learn how to adapt to new surroundings. Having a hands-on internship versus a behind the desk internship can be challenging at times to know what to do or how to do it. Having multiple internships allows you to distinguish the situation you’re in which future employers appreciate hearing about.
MY ADVICE: Have multiple internships that are all different from each other regarding location and type of internship. Being thrown into different surroundings makes you a well-rounded intern or future employee.
3. THE TASKS
As an intern you will be asked to complete several different tasks and duties that might require mental, emotional and physical strength. You will gain skills that you would have never thought you would know about. No worries, this is a good thing! It allows you to become more knowledgeable about how different things work and you could even gain the superlative of the “smarty pants” by the end of college.
MY ADVICE: Complete every assignment that’s given to you and even ask if anything else can be done. There’s nothing wrong with trying to overachieve for an internship.
As a college student internships are very important because they truly help shape the person you want to be one day. If you keep these three things in mind you will truly see how beneficial an internship can be.
Nothing is more enthralling than writing up your first post college resume, right? ….Okay I am only joking about the thrills of the trade. Let’s change things up a little by me sharing with you how to write a BAD resume in three easy steps.
Step 1. WRITE FAST.
You seriously want to be done with this horrible task as soon as possible. Editing takes forever and you may have to find another person for a second opinion. Human Resources will definitely know you were trying to say “shift” the 30 times you left out the f.
Step 2. WRITE A LOT.
No need to be shy- the employer has all day to read over your resume. You should flood them with useless achievements beginning with your youth t-ball team home run up until the award winning omelet you created this morning. The less relevant the achievements are to the job posting the better. You want to stand out!
Step 3. LIE. LIE. LIE.
This company doesn’t know you. Embellish EVERYTHING! Odds are they are not going to actually cross check all credentials you list.
Okay…READY? SET? GO!
*DISCLAIMER: Following any of this advice will almost guarantee you a spot in the “reject” pile for landing interviews. Only follow these steps if you would like to remain unemployed.