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5 ideas to grow your resume and maximize your summer

Updated: May 5

If you are still shaping your summer plans we have suggestions for how to make the most of your time between semesters. Now is not the time to give up, it’s time to get to work with these 5 ideas.

Continue your job or internship search (in a new way)

Focus your attention to industries that are hiring. Start by doing your research to understand who is hiring and what positions are in demand. Handshake has identified over 500 companies that are hiring students right now and LinkedIn shared an impressive list of companies that were hiring. Read the job descriptions to understand what skills are required and consider how you can market your background to demonstrate how your experiences will transfer to these roles. Be sure to cater your resume (action verbs, experience order, section headers, etc.) when possible to align your academic projects, experiences and skills to similar language or details that match position descriptions.

Many job boards have positions that are open, and though later than previous years, its not too late to complete applications and send off resumes. The handshake job board continues to share internship and full time jobs available. Additional job boards like indeed.com, idealist.org, and many others offer job opportunities in many industries including remote work options. You also may uncover new job leads or resources by conducting informational interviews with alumni on Lehigh Connects. Know what is available to you and tap into it all. Your job search may look different than you expected, but it should still include a multi-pronged approach that utilizes networking and online tools.

Expand your job or internship search to include remote work options. Lehigh students can take part in short-term, professional, paid work experiences through remote internships. These opportunities range in work hours. Visit the Remote Internship tile on the Handshake resource page to explore options at Parker Dewey and Paragon One.

Learn from the Pros

Explore the short videos on the Hire Lehigh YouTube channel. Watch our videos, webinars and other helpful clips on career resources hosted by the Career Center staff, recruiters and alumni. Follow us to help our channel grow and check back in every week to review new content. Two recent webinars specifically tackle job and internship searching during COVID-19.

Webinar: Change of plans? No internship? Five ways to maximize your summer

Webinar: Internship and job searching during the time of the coronavirus

Skill development can be your focus

Does your resume have limited experience or professional work?

Are you missing skills in demand for your industry?

Do you want to focus on growing a skillset that makes you competitive?

Check out online resources (free or inexpensive) courses that allow you to set your own pace. Below are few specific options but many additional classes are available via Udemy, Coursera, and edX.

Adobe: Creative Cloud tutorials, Photoshop on Coursera, Adobe classes (beginners, certifications and master classes)

Graphic Design: Coursera

Photography: Udemy

Social media & Branding: Coursera

WordPress: Udemy

PowerPoint: Udemy

Excel: LinkedIn Learning

Coding & Programming: Udemy, Coursera, edX

Google analytics: LinkedIn Learning

Foreign Language free online learning: Duolingo, Open Culture, edX

Web Design: Udemy

Attend Virtual Career Fairs or Meet Ups

While many states are still under stay at home orders, many opportunities have evolved to become online-friendly. Look for ways to virtually engage in a community related to your industry. Online forums, meet ups, conferences, webinars and other professional organizations are open to student or recent grad participation. Below are few examples but a simple google search may reveal many others specifically related to your career interests.

Tech meetups: Lehigh Valley , Philadelphia, New York

Women in business & Technology - Virtual Fairs

Career Center of the Southeast - Virtual fairs in NJ, MD, DC, NY and many other states

Career Eco - Upcoming Fairs

Customize your career plan with the help of a Career Coach

The Career Center is open all summer, for current students and recent grads, and we want to help you make a plan that aligns with your specific interests, goals and industries of interest. Now, more than ever, you need to be tapping into the Career Center resources and working with the career coaches. Summer drop-in hours are hosted Tuesday - Thursday from noon-2:00 pm, check the Handshake events page for the zoom link to pop in. You can also continue to schedule 1-on-1 appointments all summer. You don’t have to do this alone, we are here to help.

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