As it can take several months of constant applying to premium entry level jobs and internships before you land your first career opportunity, the job search shouldn’t be the only thing keeping you busy during your post-grad unemployment. Employers want to see that you continued to build your resume after college, instead of just waiting to be hired. Here are some tips to get started.
If there is an organization or cause that you feel strongly about, consider volunteering as a means of filling in your resume employment gaps. Anything from animal rescue to political campaigning will demonstrate to hiring managers that you continued to learn and grow in your professional experiences – even as you were searching for jobs.
Whether it’s a paid or unpaid opportunity, working as an intern is a great way to build your resume while also remaining an active participant in the workforce. Interning at an organization relevant to your desired career path will also help you get a foot in the door and make valuable industry contacts that may benefit you down the road.
If you’re in need of some extra money, consider getting a summer or part-time job to make ends meet after graduation. Even working a job not related to your career path – such as a beach lifeguard or retail cashier – will show employers that you’re an ambitious and hardworking person.