The first few years out of school can set the tone for your entire career. Finding the right job can help you reach your goals – both career and financial – sooner. And in order to help set yourself up for that job, many students opt to take advantage of resume-boosting opportunities while still in college.

Claire Millard, writing for Five Cent Nickel, shares eight things that students can do to ensure they stand out to potential employers right out of school. For starters, learn what employers are looking for. Research positions in the field you hope to start in so that you know the kinds of skills and experience companies are looking for in a new hire. That will help you determine which gaps you need to fill.

For the rest of Claire’s list, click here.

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