Learn a new language
Learning a new language while you’re still young is a great way to differentiate yourself later in your career. The more versatile your skill set is, the higher of a salary you can negotiate.
Consider learning the basics of a second or even a third language either at school or online. Self learning options like Rosetta Stone are also good depending on how disciplined you are.
Build a digital portfolio
It’s 2015. Stop trying to fax your resume out. Emails are good but don’t rely on them. If you’re not fully using the internet in your life you are doing your professional life a great disservice.
Consider posting a simple website, blog or LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills. Most people use LinkedIn since it’s specifically designed to show off your skills.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore more creative options, like creating your own custom resume. You can check out a site like Fiverr.com and pay someone to create a visually appealing portfolio for you.
Study in a new place
Travelling is one of the best ways to gain life experience. Almost every person whishes they traveled more while young. Take advantage of being in school and explore the options your school has for learning elsewhere.
Exchange programs, work experience programs or home stay programs are all ways to continue your learning in a different country.
Developing your skills in different countries and in different cultures make you a very attractive prospect.
Do some freelancing
Freelancing is a great way to make a little extra money on the side as well as solidify your skills. Any freelance work you do can be added to your resume as practical experience. It’s also a great way to build relevant contacts in the industry you’re studying in.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to small businesses and tell them what you have to offer. They appreciate getting quality work at below industry prices and you’ll be able to actually see the positive effect your work has on their business growing. This can translate into tangible experience & accomplishments you can use on your resume.
William Frierson from College Recruiter.com had this to say about gaining extra experience:
College students interested in gaining some work experience to build their resumes should consider the opportunities in the following post.
Don’t wait until your last year to get an internship
Practical experience should never be underestimated. Start early and look for some opportunities to get some tangible experience on your resume.
Internships obviously look great on your resume, especially if you have multiple years of work experience. Try and work with all types of companies so you can get an idea of how you like to work.
Join groups at school
Even if you play a minimal role, group involvement at school looks good on your resume. Ideally you want to be a fully engaged member. Groups, committees or teams are great ways to meet people and show off your teamwork skills.
The more people you meet and connections you make while in college, the better for your professional life. Be creative and look for opportunities to gain tangible experience that you can reference later. Remember not to sell yourself short and include all of your skills & experiences on your resume where applicable.