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Use summer to build your resume (read more) May 2016 eNL

Use Summer to Build Your Resume

Work, Volunteer, and Job Shadowing

Our scholarship review committee has 10 years of experience reviewing applications. While GPA, ACT, SAT scores and numbers of honors and Advanced Placement classes are very important, so are the things you have done outside the classroom. It is generally accepted that college application committees and scholarship organizations are looking for well-rounded students. For college students, future employers are interested in how you invested your free time. Take advantage of the summer months to build your resume. Here are a few suggestions:

Work full or part-time. The extra income is nice, but the experience is even more valuable. Take the initiative and ask for leadership opportunties.
Volunteer in your community. There are plenty of opportunties through a variety of non-profit organizations in your community.
Job shadow. This is a great way to gain insight into various careers, and make contacts that could lead to future internships.
Network. It does not matter if you are a college student or still in high school, set up a LinkedIn profile and start connecting with people in your field of interest. LinkedIn is a powerful tool for all careers, not just business.

In addition to building your resume, if you are a rising high school junior or senior, take time this summer to tour local colleges and meet with the admissions team. This will save you time during the school year and you'll gain a headstart by learning first-hand the commom qualities they are looking for in their future students.


From the May 2016 Scarlett Family Foundation newsletter

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