Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Get Involved!

Relevant experience is one of the most important factors employers look for on a recent college graduate's resume, according to CareerBuilder's annual college job forecast.

But what actually qualifies as relevant work experience?  Aside from internships, in CareerBuilder's survey, employers said they also take the following categories into consideration when they're looking for a perspective job candidate:

  • Volunteer work
  • Involvement in student organizations
  • Organizing activities for sororities/fraternities
  • Participation in sports
  • Class work
  • Part time jobs

With Student Involvement week kicking off on Tuesday, September 6, students will have the chance to check out a variety of different ways they can get involved on and off campus while preparing themselves for future careers.  Keep in mind that leadership, in particular, stands out on a resume.  Therefore, think about eventually taking on a leadership role in the above activities.

Lend a helping hand. If you're interested in philanthropic work, make sure to attend the Volunteer Fair from 11-2 p.m. on Tuesday in the UMC, where you can learn about more than 70 different volunteer opportunities!

Love to travel? Check out CU's Study Abroad Fair from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the UMC, where information will be available about 400 programs in over 70 countries.

Want to learn more about a club on campus? Wander over to the UMC Fountain area from 11-2 p.m. for the Student Involvement Fair, where you can meet members of different student groups and sign up to get involved.

College is only four years long; make sure that you made the most out of your experience and prepared yourself for a future career by checking out every opportunity available to you!