Five ways to pimp your resume that you haven't thought of

September 27, 2016
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The other day I was browsing the good ol' world wide web looking for grad jobs. I found a position as an assistant, and thought "yep, I can do that". Scrolling down, I found out that to land a temporary assistant role I needed to have (and I kid you not): a degree, a minimum of seven years experience in the respective field and I had to be willing to move to Beirut on the spot. So I buckled up, got my game-face on, wrote a killer resume and handed it in at Maccas…

What a glorious time to be a student, right? But if you're like me, and not a silver tongue job hunter that has landed a killer job before even graduating, don't fret. Volunteering isn't the only way to make your resume look spick and spank before adult life commences.


You don't have to study education to be a tutor. Most universities, as well as other websites, offer information on how to become a tutor. If you're a third year student, you can tutor first years at your uni, or you can tutor younger students who are still in school.

Not only does it look neat on your resume, but a) you get paid, and b) teaching another person is the best way to learn it better yourself. To read something is one thing, but to say it out loud and explain it to someone who has no idea what you're talking about can understand it is a whole other ballgame. It's a win-win situation!

Enter competitions

This one might seem lame, but hear me out: this isn't just for arts students. There are many competitions for entrepreneurs, engineers and business students, just to mention a few, where you can see your submission win an award and become developed further.

If you're an arts student, submit your stories, photographs, articles or projects and get them published. If you have a great business idea or even an app you'd like to develop, there are many companies that host competitions where ideas become actual products. Winning an award looks awesome on your LinkedIn, and having something published is a great way for employers to find you. Plus, you'll have something tangible that will set you apart from that single piece of paper they hand you at graduation.

Join a professional network or association

I know that you're thinking "ugh, boring!", but it is a really good way to engage with other professionals in your field, receive advice and support as well as getting invited to relevant networking events. And, again, it makes your resume look super professional. Last year, for instance, I got invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society (*pats self on the back*). I haven't engaged much in it yet, but writing "Invited Member of…." sure does look real sleek on my resume.

Start, or join, a social club at your uni

Networking is still key here. If I had a dollar every time I heard the word "networking" at uni, I wouldn't have to worry about getting a job after graduation, I'd be living comfortable in the Bahamas for the rest of my life. Also, if you're that one person who always takes control during those horrible group assignments, this is a good place to further develop those leadership skills.

Every club at university, be it a religious one or a hobby-based one, needs a president/leader, a secretary, a person to handle finances, and so forth. And how many people get to write "President" on their resume? Too cool, if you ask me.

Create a personal website or e-portfolio

You don't have to be a tech-savvy cyber-activist to smack together a neat e-portfolio or personal website. Wordpress, for instance, is free and easy to use. This is all about personal branding and showcasing your work, and gives the traditional Word-template from 2006 a kick in the butt.

Creating your own website gives potential employers a chance to check out your work and get a feel of who you are as person. It's like a resume just real jazzed up, funky and ready to slam-dunk other boring resumes into the bin. And of course, if IT, design or communications is your field - this is a chance to show off those skills as well.

Also, another great tip: don't lie. It can be real tempting, I know, but don't write "Photoshop God" if you don't even know how to download Photoshop on your computer. If you get the job, good luck learning how to make a picture of your neighbour look like Angelina Jolie before your first day at work on Monday. 

Emilie Hervik

Emilie is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Griffith University, majoring in journalism and sociology. She's originally from Norway, but Australia has kangaroos. And Vegemite. Done deal.

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