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Building Your Resume: Part II of III. What Can You Do When You're a Part of an Overwhelming Unemployment Rate.

Written by Part 2 of 3: Finding a Job After College | Sep 8, 2013 5:23 PM

So do you count yourself as one of the unemployed millennial generation? If so, you're definitely not alone. Do you find yourself applying to an endless stream of jobs with no luck, and no call backs. Maybe its time to boost up that resume a bit to help you gain some notoriety. The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to do just that.

First and foremost never underestimate the power of volunteer experience. Try to volunteer within your field but really any experience helps. Political Science Major?-- Why not volunteer for a local campaign, a major party, or a third party. Hundreds of opportunities can be found with a simple Google search. English Major?--volunteer in the non-profit setting. Chances are you can find something to use your writing skills on down the road. I've recently had a friend who did just that and is now working as a grant writer for the same non-profit. Volunteering led him to a full time paid position with benefits doing something he really wanted to do. Are you in the health sciences?--volunteer in a clinic or a hospital. The experience you'll gain will be invaluable not only to your resume, but to your professional development.

Don't have the time to volunteer because you're still working to make ends meet—make the time. We waste so many hours in the day, and while rest and relaxation is important, chances are you can find something to volunteer at in the evenings or weekends or both! Get Creative!

Another great way to boost your resume is through continued learning. We live in the most exciting technological times. Our age is literally defined by the exponential growth of technology and with that growth comes opportunity.

Thousands of online courses are available for free from Coursera.org. Every subject you can think of is probably available as a MOOC from established and prestigious universities and professors. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, and I highly encourage participation in them even if you are happily employed!

These are just two examples of different ways you can boost your resume to have more to discuss when you get that job interview. It is important to have a broad portfolio of experience and it could mean you outshining your competitors when hunting for your next job!

Thanks for reading. In Part III we'll discuss some industry specific options that may help you find a job. Specifically we'll look at the research industry, the medical industry, and the business industry. Also in Part III we'll wrap up the posts with some concluding marks.

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