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Avoiding Resume Black Holes During Coronavirus

Sophia Gardner

Posted on May 10, 2020 14:33

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Many college students, myself included, are feeling anxious about the cancellation of internships, summer jobs, and other professional practice opportunities. However, this summer does not have to be a black hole on your resume, sucking all your ambitions into its evil vortex. Here are five things you can do to build your resume during quarantine.

1. Get a last-minute, remote internship. You’d be surprised how many internships are still available for the summer. Create an account on Chegg Internships, or any other similar site, set the location to remote, and get applying.

This internship won’t be exactly what you planned, but experience is experience and it will show that you are capable of doing work remotely. If you’re feeling ambitious, accept two or three, as long as you’re confident that you can handle the workload.  

2. Beef up your second language. No matter what profession you’re going into, being bilingual is always going to look great on a resume. If you already speak a second language, polish up your pronunciation. If you took a few semesters of a language in high school but aren’t fluent, get back into it. Or start learning a new language. A great way to do that is the free app Duolingo.

3. Freelance. This may not be applicable to every profession, but if you can do little bits of work here and there, do it. It's a great way to build your resume fast.

4. Apply to scholarships/awards. Now that you have a little extra time on your hands, start applying to awards or scholarships. You can start at your school’s page of scholarships for your major, but also go beyond that.

There are so many scholarships that you are eligible for that you probably don’t know about. If the application date has passed, get together the materials you’d need to apply and write any essays or statements that the application asks for. This way, when that application date rolls around, all you’ll have to do is tweak a few things and you’ll be good to go.

Scholarships are a great way to build your resume and also help ease the financial costs in this uncertain economy.

5. Make a plan. Find out what internships or jobs you may want to do in the future, and create a timeline of when applications are due. This won’t build your resume immediately, but it will in the long run. This way, you’ll be less likely to overlook deadlines. 

It’s easy to get caught up in the negative effects of Coronavirus on your professional ambitions. However, challenging times allow us to really show off what we can do. Fighting the resume black hole now will show that you are able to adapt and continue to better yourself, even in the middle of a national lockdown.

Sophia Gardner

Posted on May 10, 2020 14:33

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