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What are some ways college students can build up their resume during COVID-19?

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Shay’s Answer

As a college student, I know what you're going through. Here are my tips for building up your resume during COVID-19:

1) Search for virtual opportunities: Use LinkedIn, Indeed, or other job sites to find remote or virtual internship opportunities. Companies are still hiring from virtual internships; just go to LinkedIn and Indeed and search for them to apply.

2) Learn new skills: Take free online courses from sites such as Coursera to gain new skills in your area of interest. You could also teach yourself new skills with YouTube videos and by looking online for practice. If there's an opportunity to get free certifications online, take advantage of those as well.

3) Apply for common jobs: Fast food places and grocery stores are still open, with some looking for employees because they're short-staffed. You could probably apply for one of these places, land a job, and gain practical experience within wherever you're staying. If you utilize this option, make sure you stay safe by wearing a mask, constantly washing your hands, and not touching your face.

4) Volunteer: There are a lot of organizations looking for people to help out during this time. Go to volunteermatch.org or another volunteering website to find opportunities in your area. Again, make sure you stay safe while doing this.

5) Freelance: You could start your own website, YouTube channel, blog, or offer social media services to local companies. Whether you did these for free or took a small fee (for the last option), you could definitely gain practical experience in content creation, writing skills, marketing (promoting your site), and analytics (tracking visitors on your site and using trends to get more visitors).
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Anne’s Answer

Volunteer with an organization providing much needed relief during this time. It is a great way to network, and it could lead to an internship down the line. There are contact-free and virtual volunteer options available. Idealist.org is a good nationwide source for volunteer opportunities but there may be a more local source where you live.
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Hamish’s Answer

Hi Celia,

Start a portfolio, start a blog today. (public is good, no need to tell anyone. try workpress.com)

just yourself mini projects, one a week or one a month.

Repeat repeat repeat.

Soon you will have a portfolio to show, which is much more powerful than a resume.
Thank you comment icon Hi Hamish, this was a great answer! Just one thing. I think you misspelled Wordpress.com for workpress.com. Other than that, thank you for the answer! All the best! Aun
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Ning’s Answer

Hi Celia,

Virtual online free courses / programs based on your interest AND virtual volunteering. You can find free courses on LinkedIn Learning https://www.linkedin.com/learning and here are some links to virtual volunteering in your community:-

https://volunteer.ca/index.php?MenuItemID=419
https://www.govolunteer.ca/

Hope this helps!

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Estelle’s Answer

Volunteer opportunities are scarce, so I recommend getting a job related to your field of interest. Every job you have will build character and help you evolve. Even it it's working on interpersonal relationships, dealing with superiors, or learning skills, jobs build foundations for future employment.
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Hamish’s Answer

Hi Celia,

Start a portfolio, start a blog today. (public is good, no need to tell anyone. try workpress.com)

just yourself mini projects, one a week or one a month.

Repeat repeat repeat.

Soon you will have a portfolio to show, which is much more powerful than a resume.
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Erin’s Answer

One way to build your resume during COVID-19 is to utilize online resources to learn a new skill. There are courses you can take to enhance your Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) that will most likely be helpful in your upcoming career. Putting your course achievement for any hard skills like that will make you stand out to employers. Additionally, there are many online volunteer opportunities (and in-person opportunities if you're comfortable doing that) to enhance the "Leadership/Volunteer Opportunities" section of your resume. This is an area that most people don't have a lot of content for when it comes to their resume, so this is another unique way to stand out. It would also be an interesting way to answer interview questions in the future on how you used your time during COVID-19 to grow and develop professionally and personally.
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Kiirsten’s Answer

Hey Celia!

You have asked a great question, the answers have been great as well! It certainly is an interesting time that we're in now-- since we are staying as socially distant as possible, I'd recommend virtual classes or certifications through certain schools. Also, in terms of volunteering, virtual volunteering has been easy-- you can do something even so simple as mailing nice letters to senior citizens! Basically, you want to think about how you can add value to your mind, or to the community :).

Have fun!
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Rob’s Answer

Learn new skills like SQL, data analysis, or earn a certification.
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Jessica’s Answer

A way to build up your resume, other than work experience would be to incorporate volunteer experience. There are plenty of non-profit organizations that you can collaborate with in giving back to the community. As a hiring manager, I view volunteering as drive, self-motivation, and commitment to something greater than yourself. These are values that I look for when hiring as I believe they will transfer to what they do for the company as well. But other than that, I believe volunteering will broaden an individual's perspective and you tend to gain more from the experience than you give.
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