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Build Your Resume through Experience

Congratulations! You made it to UC Berkeley.

A degree alone will not open every door ahead when it comes to obtaining your first job or getting into the graduate program of your choice. Gaining experience is key when it comes to being competitive. Experience comes in many forms including: internships, externships, research, labs, class projects, student organizations, community service, part-time jobs and volunteer work. A variety of experiences will help you build skills that are necessary to succeed in the world of work and allow you to test out different environments. These experiences can be pursued at any point during your college career, but keep in mind that the earlier you begin gaining experience, the more experiences you will have once you are ready to leave Cal.

These experiences will add depth and breadth to your resume to be the most competitive candidate for the opportunities you apply to. The Career Center offers many resources to help in your search including: Career Fairs, Networking Events, Employer Information Sessions, and curated lists of external sites by career field found in the Handshake Resource Library.

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