Hello lovelies! Today I am back with some college career advice in the form of resumes! Those pesky, one-page documents can be such a hassle to assemble, but are basically your one-track way to landing an amazing job or internship. However, figuring out what to put in these documents can be super stressful, so today I thought I would share some advice on exactly what to include and how to put it all together. Hope this helps! 🙂
Here are the basic sections to include in your resume, which I’ve expanded upon further below.
- Name/Contact Information
- Personal statement (OPTIONAL)
- Work Experience
- Volunteer/Extracurricular activities
As a header along the top of the page, include your name, your email address, phone number, and street address or general location (city, state).
I say this one is optional because a lot of the advice I’ve gotten in the past few years from professionals and career services is that it is totally pointless and most employers hate personal statements/objectives. It’s honestly a waste of space and way too stressful to write, so save yourself from the effort and devote the extra space to your work experience and activities, which are far more important in your employer’s mind.
After your contact information, the first thing you want to show up on the page is your work experience, especially if you have relevant experience to the job you are seeking. This can include jobs, internships, or volunteer experience if that is relevant to the position you are applying for. Only include experiences that are relevant to the job you are going for, and under each of them, include your job title and provide a brief description of your key duties and important skills you learned at the position. I also highly recommend a short summary of what the company you work for does so employers can quickly understand your experience.
If you have any relevant or particularly notable extracurricular or volunteer involvements, place them under your work experience. Keep short descriptions of what you did, and include the basic information on where the experience was and how long you participated.
Include the name of your college/university, it’s city and state, your anticipated graduation date, and any courses related to the job you are applying for. If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, include that as well, and any honors you may have received at the college. Do not include what high school you went to – no one cares!
A last section that is nice to add is just a quick selection of key words expressing the skills you possess that would be valuable for the position you are applying for. Click here for a list of valuable job skills to draw from.
As I said earlier, try to keep your resume to a single page. We are college kids, after all, and likely do not have as many experiences as people already in the job market. Only include your most important experiences, and avoid including food service positions and other low-level jobs unless they are relevant to your job search.
Keep your fonts simple and readable – stick to two or three overall so that it doesn’t get too messy or cluttered with different designs. Choose a color scheme (if you want something more interesting) and be consistent in all of your formatting decisions.
Consider using online resume templates to help you build your unique, beautiful resume. Stand out and try to avoid a boring “old school” resume design. Get creative, but keep it professional.
That is all for today! I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and that you will use them as you begin working on your own college resume. Are there any tips I’ve forgotten? Please share them with me in the comments below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart
Click HERE for a free printable resume template I helped edit just for you!
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