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How do I make myself a stronger applicant from now to december?

What can I do to strengthen my resume? #resume

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Stacey’s Answer

Hey David!

I think this is a question that many people struggle with when they are nearing the end of their college career. Part of the answer depends on the industry that you are hoping to enter into after college. A great way to start is by looking to your network around you- joining professional groups that would connect you with members/alumni that are in the field now will help give you the best relevant advice!

I can't emphasize enough how your network can help you in your career! It can feel nerve-racking and intimidating to reach out, but you won't regret it!

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Austin’s Answer

Hi David,

Great question David!! It is good to hear that you are trying to strengthen your resume. Self improvement is a great habit to get into and it is never to late to make yourself the best form of you. There are a couple different ways to make yourself more appealing when someone reads your resume and one of the easiest ways to do so is to improve your GPA. Having a high GPA always helps and it demonstrates to an employer that you are both capable and hardworking. Even if you are just improving your GPA from a 3.23 to a 3.27 that says a lot to an employer!! Every point counts at the end of the day so improving your GPA by even a little goes a long way.


Secondly, get involved in volunteer work, extra curricular clubs, or a job. Taking on additional activities that you are interested in speaks volumes to who you are and will only strengthen your resume!! Even if you are able to only volunteer 10 hours a week, that is better than nothing.


Whatever you choose to do be sure to choose things that you are interested and passionate it. If you don't enjoy a volunteer activity don't do it; people are able to sense if you are just doing volunteer work to be able to put it on your resume, passion is evident when talking to someone.


A little goes a long way so dont get discouraged if you are only able to raise your GPA by a little or if you are only able to volunteer 10 hours a week, every little thing matters


I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!!


Best,

Austin

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Vijay’s Answer

Hello David,


According to my experience, I would try to harvest most of my time in demonstrating whatever you have learnt in the class. Start out a blog or a personal website with all your achievements.


Put your best effort in finding practical applications of whatever technology you know and document everything in that website. Freelancing websites will be of huge help to you in this aspect. Adding a little flair goes a long way.


Good luck with everything!!


Best,

Vijay Pullamsetty


Vijay recommends the following next steps:

Start a blog
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