5 Ways to Build Your Resume This Summer

Looking for non-traditional ways to build your resume this summer? We’ve got five things you can do right now. Get started today!

1. Set Up a Virtual Coffee Chat

Is there a company you’d love to learn more about? Someone’s brain you’ve always wanted to pick?

With many companies transitioning to work-from-home policies, people may have a little more time than usual to meet virtually. 

Send a message to a person you’d like to connect with on LinkedIn, and invite them to a virtual coffee chat. Keep it short and sweet, and introduce yourself with a clear goal in mind: Maybe you want to learn about their career trajectory; maybe you’re interested in working for them on a freelance basis this summer.

Our best advice? Before you reach out, ensure your LinkedIn profile is ready for success. Read our advice on Mastering LinkedIn here!

2. Leverage Free Resources

Build your resume virtually this summer with free webinars, courses, trainings, and more.

  • Coursera: Join Coursera for free! Start streaming on-demand video lectures today from top instructors in subjects like businesscomputer sciencedata sciencelanguage learning, and more.
  • Upkey: Upkey is offering 1,000 students the opportunity to continue to grow this summer with their Virtual Internship Program (VIP). Each student will earn a certificate of completion, receive $1,000 in tuition assistance, and gain a professional network.
  • Beyond College 2020 Webinar Series: Covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance to professional development, Wells Fargo’s free webinar series will help better prepare you for life after college.
  • Elastic: Elastic is supporting students this summer with opportunities to connect and learn in a virtual environment.  Check out the Elastic Training page featuring free access to on-demand trainings!

Plus, you can swing by our Instagram for Career Thursdays each week, where we feature job tips from employers, career advice, new gigs, and more.

3. Follow Your Passion

Always wanted to teach yourself a new skill or grow your personal brand—but just never had the time? 

This summer, start. Whether you’re growing your photography portfolio (tag us in photos for a chance to be featured on our page!) or you’re looking to start your own podcast, now is a great time to hone your skills and turn your passion project into a side hustle.

Looking to take things to the next level? Join REC Philly for resources for every creator: designers, models, illustrators, poets, painters, and everyone in between. Check them out here.

4. Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer experience not only helps you stand out from other applicants, but it’s also a great way to support your community this summer—particularly when some opportunities are virtual!

Start here: Get real resume advice from Maura C. Reilly, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Amicus Therapeutics, below!

“This is not how you imagined your 2020 summer would be, right!? Internships were cancelled, summer jobs are scarce, and social distancing is making networking more challenging than ever.

But not to worry! There are still ways to grow your professional network and develop new skills. I recommend the tried-and-true volunteering method (in a safe and socially distant way, of course!), which typically comes with more responsibility than you ever expected, and I mean this in a good way.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer virtually—most organizations have already adopted virtual meetings and are actively brainstorming how to keep their momentum going in this new world! I’ve found volunteering provides opportunities to stretch your existing skills, gain new skills, build your experience, and meet other compassionate people who are usually more than happy to support you beyond your volunteering commitment.

Added bonus = You may find new connections through those individuals and expand your network outside of your core interests, strengthening your relationships and networking along the journey!”

Learn about Amicus Therapeutics here, and check out more volunteer opportunities below.

  • DoSomething is the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change. They’ve compiled a list of 9 Places to Volunteer and Make a Real Impact—all you need to make a difference is an internet connection.
  • Volunteer Match also has an ongoing list of virtual volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia region. Check them out and volunteer your time today!
  • Philabundance volunteers help pack and sort donated food and prepare it for distribution to our neighbors in need. Anyone who is not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, who is not part of the at-risk demographic, and does not come into frequent contact with seniors, can volunteer. Choose a volunteer shift here!

5. Grow Your Network with Our My Philly Summer Party

Celebrate your summer in Philly with Campus Philly’s My Philly Summer Party on Instagram Live! Hear from local Philly artists, network with other students and recent grads in the city, and win BIG—we’ll be raffling off prizes every five minutes during this 60-minute event.

Register now and join the Live here on July 9 at 6 P.M. We can’t wait to network with you!

Bonus! Learn All About the Security Plus Certification

Campus Philly events often lead to serendipitous connections, spurring new ideas, relationships, and ways of thinking. At a recent Campus Philly networking event, Deb Kliman, Vice President of HR at Sabre Systems, Inc., met a student from Chestnut Hill College with a unique certification on his resume, the Security Plus Certification. This certification validates the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

Deb knew this certification would give students a competitive edge pursuing a career at Sabre Systems and elsewhere, and wanted to see if additional universities would be open to including this certification in their curriculum. Professor Vitaly Ford at Arcadia University agreed, and tailored his curriculum to prepare students for the certification exam. Deb worked with Hoa Pham of the Urban League of Philadelphia, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved communities through economic opportunities, who was able to cover the cost of the exam for students through grant funding.

Thanks to this collaborative partnership between Sabre Systems, Arcadia University and the Urban League, twenty students had the incredible opportunity to build their resume while learning valuable skills. Now more than ever, and in such an uncertain job market, this certification could be the differentiating factor that sets students apart in their job search! 

Hear from one student who participated in the certification program in this recent Campus Philly blog post.

What’s next? Follow us on Instagram for event updates and career advice, check out our Ultimate Career Guide, and read our Summer Resource Guide covering all the best ways to grow professionally while enjoying Philadelphia this summer!