Welcome to the first post in what will become a series on how to build a successful resume! A strong resume is essential at all stages of life, from when you’re in high school to even when you’re well-established in your professional career. However, any good resume starts with quality experience and skills. So, this first post in the series will focus on the quality opportunities that will best highlight your skills and experiences.
Your resume should be a reflection of you, your interests, and what you have to offer a potential school or employer. Therefore, the jobs and extracurriculars that you devote your time to should relate to your overall goals and interests in some way! Recruiters can tell when you are passionate about an experience or a subject, and people don’t want to hire boring people – be sure to choose experiences that actually interest you so you can talk about them! This means not joining a club or taking a job just because you think it’s what you “should” do. This also means choosing to join 3 clubs that you can meaningfully participate in instead of 10 different clubs that will help fill out your resume.
Sometimes, your options may be limited. Maybe your school doesn’t offer clubs in the subject areas that interest you, or you were unable to find a summer job that closely matches your career goals. Don’t worry! There’s no need to overcompensate here; focus on the opportunities you have and make the most out of them. Just because an activity doesn’t relate directly to your interests doesn’t mean there aren’t skills and experience you can gain from it – they may even benefit you in the future!
Overall, when searching for activities to get involved in or employment opportunities, try to imagine how a given experience could contribute to your future success. Whether the experience aligns perfectly with your interests or not, there is something to gain from any opportunity as long as you make the most of it. Focus on a few quality opportunities instead of overwhelming yourself – it’ll make your experiences much more meaningful and beneficial in the long run!