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So I'm wondering if any of you over-achievers have any advice for me. Specifically I'm wondering - what else can I be doing to make my resume' more attractive? I'm hoping to enter an Econ PhD program and eventually work at a social experimentation firm (probably). Do you know of any sort of certifications or something which I could be working towards; in order to increase my "human capital"?

Of course I know to make good grades, attend professional conferences, and apply for scholarships. But anything else?

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Are you aware of the International Economic Development Council? It might be a good avenue for you to boost your resume.


They have their own certification process. "The Certified Economic Developer exam tests ...