How do I build an impressive resume?

<p>Hey everyone, </p>

<p>I'm nearing the end of my freshman year, and I've maintained a high GPA, met tons of new friends, and experienced all kinds of new things. </p>

<p>I still find myself feeling lost, though, because I know there's so much more I should be doing. </p>

<p>I'm an economics (BA) major--what sorts of things should I be involved in in order to look impressive to future employers/graduate schools?</p>

<p>So far this year, I've been involved with the campus Democrats (which I didn't find very interesting), a community service club (which has pretty much dissolved), and a local congressional campaign.</p>

<p>relax...you got good grades, made friends, had fun, and even did some volunteering and a political campaign in your spare time. sounds like a great freshman year. </p>

<p>Now, what kind of Grad school do you want? Are you going for a Masters in Econ or MBA or something entirely different? If it's MBA, people generally work for years before going for this degree, it doesn't make sense to get it right after undergrad.</p>

<p>An Econ degree gives you a lot of options - are you interested in the Business world? Politics? Public policy? Try to get a summer internship, just send your resume to a lot of different places, look on Craigslist, there are lots of sites online where you can look for internships/jobs in your area, ask your parents/family friends if they have any suggestions or could pull some strings.</p>

<p>thanks for the advice. </p>

<p>I'm looking more towards policy. I'm not absolutely dead set on it, though, so it's hard to determine what sorts of internships to shoot for. Even more difficult, though, is that I'll be spending my summer home in NW Iowa--not many internship opportunities there. I suppose I could start looking for next year, though (I go to school in Chicago).</p>

<p>If you want to build a resume, I suggest that you do some job shadowing, internships, and networking. Experience trumps everything.</p>

<p>You build an impressive resume by exaggerating the importance of the meaningless work you have done.</p>