One of the troubles that stress us out after entering college ( sometimes much before too ) is how we will make ourselves appealing to future employers. While many things are important the one that stands out, in my eyes at least, because at most cases will be the first contact we will have with our possible employer is our CV.

A CV ( or else Curriculum Vitae ) may have different formats depending what we wanted it for, it may be college, it may be scholarships, casual work positions and so on ( you can find some CV formats and choose the right one for you on ) . This article mostly refers to undergraduate students who are currently studying or anyone in this age frame.

Now let's get to it.

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Not coming from the most prestigious university possible doen't instantly make you less competitive in the job market as long as you invest in other things.

⋆ Make sure you have a letter of recommendation

Even though this practically isn't a part of your CV it's great if you have one. During your studies find a lecturer/professor you like and try to create a more personal relationship with them Show interest in their lecture, put more time and effort in their assignments to make yourself stand out. Earn their respect so you can feel more comfortable to ask them for a LoR and be sure they will have good things to say. Of course, to have more options if you get the chance you can try this with more people but if you are a person who has trouble socializing one is more than enough.

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⋆ Volunteering

Yes this is something you can add to your CV as a college student and will actually look amazing. Most colleges do have volunteering programs/teams that you could participate in and if yours doesn't have one your area/town will definitely have one. You could volunteer in whatever might please your interest and it wouldn't really matter as long at it poses as social contribution. The greatest advantage to this option is that it usually doesn't cost much if any at all so it doesn't burden you financially.

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⋆ Interests

What most employers will want to see from young people will be passion, energy and complexity of character. Your CV must not look cold and typical. It should stand out in comparison to other. Try to pick up an art or a sport and participate in teams, competitions or in certificate-awarding classes.
Here are some ideas;

⋆ Sports

Table Tennis

⋆ Arts

Any instrument
Virtual Design
Creative Writing


Programming ( you can learn languages such C++, Basic, Pascal & more )
Learn to use app such as Excel or Power Point

The reasons I made a list is to show you that there are tons of options to choose from so you don't get discouraged about finding something that fits your interest and comfort zone.
The things I listed might be offered by your college, your local community or you can do on your own. Just choose one or more that fit you and invest in them. They will accessorize your CV very well.

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⋆ Languages

This could have been included in the Interests part but I think it really should just be a different point altogether.
As the situation is, I believe it's a must to include at least one to two more extra languages in your CV. Now, I understand that for people with learning difficulties might sound extremely stressful but it doesn't have to be. You don't have to have a degree so you could try learning on your own going at your own pace. Surely it isn't as easy as I make it out to be but with support and hard work everyone can slay it.
My suggestion is to begin with apps such as Duolingo before you decide whether you want to take classes or not.
If your field of choice is related to costumer service or PR ( even though I believe it's very good to learn it whatever your profession ) learning Sign Language is a very good investment in many ways.

⋆ Attending Seminars

Being educated and getting a degree are very good and everything but adding that to your CV won't say much except that you - probably - have the basic knowledge about your profession.
Now, we can all understand that this doesn't say much.

What you can do is attend open or payed seminars preferably that provide you with certificates of attendance. It could be on everything other than your field. Communication skills, presentation skills, PR - public relations -, MIS - management information systems -, basic computer knowledge & many others are all needed in order for you to be considered a well-rounded individual.

You can find such seminars by looking at local newsletters, contacting your college or asking a professor.

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⋆ Past Work Experience

This might be very obvious but it's also very important. No many young people get the chance to add work experience in their CV. So if you get the chance to work - especially in your field - it will be indefinitely valuable addition.
You may be able to work inside your college ( private universities usually offer jobs where I study ) or it might be in the form of post graduate work practice, no matter how it may be take advantage of it if you have and time as long as you don't risk your studies.

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⋆ Some extra things;

⋆ Do your best to look put together and collected in interviews
⋆ Have a strong presence in school, participate in clubs, make good presentations.
⋆ PR is the key.
⋆ Most importantly take care of yourself, make strategic choices and do your best to enjoy the ride.

That's all for now loves ⋆

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