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Resume Tips

7 College Resume Tips
Choose a resume format
Potential employers will spend a short amount of time looking at your
resume. The easier your resume is to scan, the better you can hold their
attention. Most recruiters and hiring managers will focus their attention on
the following resume sections:
Name and contact information
Education and achievements
Employment history
Relevant skills and experiences
The best resume formats are well organized with only the most relevant
information and should make efficient use of blank space to avoid clutter.
To achieve an easy-to-read resume, choose a simple layout that allows you to
showcase the qualifications that are most relevant to the job posting. To
eliminate glaring blank spaces, consider including additional sections that
could be helpful for employers like relevant skills, awards and achievements,
or professional interests.
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Resume contact information
The first thing potential employers should see is a section at the top of your
resume with your name, contact information and a link to your professional
profile or website, if you have one. In this section, you should include:
First and last name
City and state
Current phone number
Current and professional email address
Preferably, your initial contact information should fill just one line of the page,
just under your name at the top. Your name should be the largest heading on
the page. Here’s an example of what your contact information section might
look like:
April Jackson
512 Wide Avenue • Chicago, Illinois
[email protected] • 555-102-1512 • aprilsmith.portfolio.net
Objective or summary statement (Optional)
This statement, also called a career objective, resume summary or objective
statement, is usually composed of one to two sentences that sum up your
short-term professional goals and why you’re seeking employment. Your
objective statement should be brief and focus specifically on your current
career-related experience as well as your developed skills. Keep this section
under 50 words. Here’s an example of an objective statement:
“Recent graduate of a well-ranked literature program with extensive high-level
coursework and experience in editing and proofreading for academic and
business writing. Skilled at applying multiple style guides (APA, MLA, AP,
Chicago) and seeking a position that involves regular use of these skills.”
This example is under 50 words, provides only essential details about the
applicant and showcases the candidate’s relevant skills and potential value to
the company.
Include an education section
Your education section is where you’ll demonstrate to employers that you’re
learning skills you can apply on the job. Consider featuring it as one of the
first sections on your resume.
Even if what you’re studying may seem unrelated to the professional world,
your commitment to education can demonstrate a will to continually improve
and showcase a strong work ethic. Take this opportunity to list relevant
coursework you’ve completed, your GPA (if it’s 3.5 or above) and key areas of
study. Your education section should include:
The name of your school
Location of your school
The degree you are pursuing (if applicable)
Your field(s) of study
Graduation year (if applicable)
Your GPA (Note: You may not want to include this if it’s not above 3.5
or above)
Any relevant honors or academic recognition, coursework, activities or
other achievements obtained during your education
Here are several examples:
University of Hawaii, 2011–2016
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Business Essentials Certificate, Terry Scholar
University of Virginia (August 2016–May 2018)
Alpha Phi Omega • The largest collegiate fraternity in the US, co-ed
and with a focus on community service.
Add in work experiences
You don’t have to limit your experience section to paid jobs. If you’re new to
the job market and don’t have many professional roles to share, include
volunteer positions, internships and extracurricular activities These experiences
can show you have the required skills to succeed in the position you’re
applying for. For example, including your role as captain of a sports team
demonstrates leadership abilities, while your experience as chair of a student
club exhibits organizational skills.
If you do have paid job experience or relevant internships, list those first with
the name of the company, its location and the year(s) you interned. Then
provide 2-3 bullet points highlighting your achievements with action
verbs during your time in those positions. Include any measurable successes
you had with numbers where possible. For example, your experience section
might look something like this:
Appleton Editing Services | May – Aug 2018
Press Release Editing Intern
Spearheaded a team to edit incoming press releases with short
turn-around times
Developed processes for AP style guide approach to deliverables
Coordinated with team to implement editing guidelines which
reduced time to publish by 20%
List relevant skills
When an employer reviews your resume, they’re looking to understand why
you’d make a valuable addition to their team. Listing your skills is a way to
quickly communicate your ability to succeed in the role. Include a
combination of hard skills (i.e., skills you learned through education and
experience like software programs or foreign languages) and soft skills (i.e.,
personality traits and skills you can apply to any job like problem-solving and
time management).
If you’re having trouble identifying skills to include, ask yourself the following
What accomplishments and successes have you achieved? What traits,
skills or abilities helped you do it?
What skills do your friends, family or classmates think you have?
Are there particular traits or skills professionals in the field you’re
applying to often have? Do you also possess those?
Here’s an example of what a computer scientist may list on their resume
under their skills section:
Programming languages include: Java, JavaScript, PHP, C++, Python,
Additional skills: Highly organized, problem solver, great with time
Proofread your resume
Proofread your resume before uploading it online and sending it to your
potential employer.
College student resume example
Here is an example of a college student’s resume, based on the steps above:
Horatio Hiller
100 University Street, College Town, NY 12345
[email protected]
I am a creative and highly motivated student seeking a part-time internship
where I can lend my knowledge of digital advertising to help your
organization improve profitability and grow my industry experience.
New York University
Major: Advertising
Expected Graduation Date: May 2022
GPA: 3.8
Relevant coursework: Media Planning, Psychology in Advertising,
Communication Law
Clubs: Ad Club, Student Newspaper, Students for Environmental Action (SEA)
Grey Media Agency | New York, New York
Digital Advertising Intern, May 2018 – August 2018
Served as lead advertising intern as part of a summer-long
apprenticeship program
Assisted in building, launching and managing Google AdWords
campaigns for leading clients
Successfully grew client ad spend return-on-investment more
than 30% quarter over quarter
Student Newspaper | New York, New York
Advertising Sales Representative, August 2017 – Present
Act as primary point of contact for a subset of publication
Scout new advertiser opportunities and build relationships with
local businesses
Helped newspaper increase annual ad sales nearly 20% from
2017 to 2018
Team leadership
Verbal and written communication
Time management
Adobe Creative Suite
Google AdWords Certified
Fluency in English and French
Elected Ad Club chair for 2017/2018 school year
Awarded 2017 Best Student Advertising Campaign in the retail category
Maintained Dean’s List status Fall 2016 through Spring 2018
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When crafting your college student resume, tailor the content to the
requirements of the position and highlight strengths and aspects of your
education employers will find most valuable. By highlighting your best
attributes and showcasing your accomplishments, you can leave a lasting
impression as a strong candidate.
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