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Employers are increasingly seeking candidates with more than just good grades. - 123RF

Students in university and college have reached the final stretch now, finishing exams, essays, projects and end-of-term papers. While high grades are likely to increase their chances of landing a good summer job, employers are increasingly seeking other skills from applicants.

If your child is hoping to increase the appeal of their resume, here are some tips to add that little bit of stand-out something to their documentation while still enjoying their hard-earned summer.

Travel and work: During the university years, summer break is the perfect time to make lifelong memories while experiencing and learning about different places and cultures. Not only is traveling fun, informative and loaded with a plethora of enriching experiences, it also demonstrates to future employers that a candidate is curious, adaptable and globally minded.

Volunteer: Volunteering is one of the best things a student can do to increase their chances of employment and make their resume stand out. Whether they’re interested in business, policy or human rights issues, placements are often available for students. These include positions at non-profit organizations such as Amnesty International. Volunteering is a great way to show future employers that as a young person you are motivated and can bring some added experience into your interview.

Work experience: Working and studying is not always an easy balance to maintain during the school term. But summers offer a great opportunity to gain experience working. Not only is it a good way to save for college and university tuition, but many workplace skills are transferable from one job to another, even if a summer job is not necessarily in your chosen field.

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