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7 ways to beef up your resume

Posted November 17, 2020

By Samantha Lizardo

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Not all experience has to be professional. There are many different ways to gain experience and skills that employers are looking for.

Here are 7 ways you can beef up your resume:

Co-curricular activities

Getting involved in activities outside of the classroom such as clubs, course unions and student organizations is a great way to gain skills such as leadership and collaboration. Check out Ulife to search for student groups based on your interests. Explore mentorship and leadership programs to learn how improve your leadership skills as a student leader. Many positions within student groups are also recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and you can use your CCR to help you articulate the skills you’ve gained on your resumes, applications and interviews.

Work Study & on-campus jobs

The Work Study Program or casual part-time jobs on campus allow you to get paid work experience while you study, network with U of T staff and faculty, and develop practical skills like time management. Staff and faculty at U of T also understand your priorities as a student and are flexible towards your schedule. Apply for Work Study or on-campus positions on CLNx.

Research opportunities

Gain research experience in your area of interest and practice skills such as critical thinking and problem solving through research opportunities. Explore the Research Catalogue on CLNx for a wide range of research experiences across faculties, campuses and other institutions.

Intercultural opportunities

Discover learning abroad programs to deepen your awareness of different cultures, backgrounds and forms of teaching. You can also develop your intercultural skills at home or abroad through the Intercultural Learning Program.

Volunteer opportunities

Gain career-related experience and develop community engagement or advocacy skills through volunteering. Explore volunteer opportunities on CLNx, Volunteer Toronto or through programs like Community Action Projects and Community Action Groups.


Learn relevant knowledge in your field while practicing transferable skills such as communication by engaging with your coursework. If you’re interested in further education, connect with your professors, instructors, teaching assistants and academic advisors for advice on academic work.

Work-integrated learning opportunities

Combine in-class learning with practical work experience through internships, practicums, co-op placements and community-engaged learning courses. Explore Experiential Learning programs and courses on CLNx.


Check out the Career Exploration & Education event calendar on CLNx to sign up for career chats, workshops and information sessions on career planning, job searching, resumes and cover letters, interviews, networking and more!