How to Craft Your College Resume

Hello world,

One of the most important but also most annoying skills to have is knowing how to craft a resume. Nowaday, most jobs will almost always require you to upload your resume. Think of it as the first thing recruiters will look at before they even reach out to talk to you, it is your ticket to a potential interview.

After years of working as a mentor, a resident advisor and a teaching assisstant to many college students, and learning from personal experience, I realized building a resume is like an art. Knowing how to carefully craft each component is critical to catch a recruiter’s attention. No fear resume building as I will walk you through how to put together a resume from start to end, saving you time and hopefully land that dream job.

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Contact header

Your name and contact information should be easily identify on a resume. It should always go at the top, either left, center or right aligned. In order to make it standout, your full name should be bolded and in a larger font compares to the rest of the content. Underneath is your contact information including phone number and email. If you have one, then do include your LinkedIn url. And if you have a personal website containing your portfolio or a Github, then make sure to include it.

Academic

List out your major along with your most up to date GPA. Most jobs or internships often require specific GPA, depending on the companies, so it is best to include them to make it more appealing if your GPA is the same or above the company’s requirements. My rule of thumb is if the GPA is below a 3.0, I would opt out from including them on my resume.

Skills

Under this section, I recommend to refer to the job description and list out skills that you also have. These skills can range from hard skills such as basic Microsoft Offices to full stack development. It can also be soft skills like communication or customer service. If you are going to list a skill set that involves a tool that you are using in for your school work, you can list how long you’ve been experienced with it.

Work Experience & Projects

Your work experience should be listed starting with the most recent one at that top. One mistake that I’ve made when I first started is putting down a long list of different experiences without explaining specifically what I’ve done. More than anything, I made the mistake of finding basic descriptions of what the role was about and listed them. Instead you should actually describe the work and contribution that you’ve made using specific numbers. For example, if you managed to sell 100 orders of T-shirt within 1 week, list it. If you wrote a program with 2000 lines of code in a class, list it. If you managed to deliever a 70% increase for your company’s sell, then list it.

Awards and Achievements

This is a great section to include your academic achievements or any awards from your organizations. Volunteer of the year? List it. Dean’s List? List it. Chancellor’s List? List it. One thing that you may noticed is this section is the last section on the resume. Employers mostly care about the skill set and your previous experience since it will dictate if you will be able to perform the job. Think of the awards and achievements as the icing on the cake, they’re nice to have but you don’t want to come off as overbearing.

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But wait, there’s more…

  • Please pick a professional sounding email address, preferably including your first name or last name.
  • Select a consistence font type and size throughout your resume, such as Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri. Sizing can be 16 pt for your name, 12 pt for the rest of the resume and bolded for each section.
  • Make sure to download and email your resume in PDF to maintain the proper format and alignment
  • The location of your school and work experience should be bold and italics to make it easy for the recruiter to identify
  • Remember to use key words in your work experience and skills sections. These key words will make it easier for your recruiter or a computer to scan your resume.
  • Proof read your resume and ask multiple sources to review it

Conclusion

My first resume was a total mess and it took me my entire college experience plus grad school to learn how to craft an effective resume. From the easy to identified header, to the list of skills, to being detailed yet straightforward work descriptions, these are things that I’ve learned through professional development classes and working with recruiters. I hope that you’ve found this helpful, what are something that you’ve included in your resume that made you stand out in an interiew? Please share it below, I hope to share more content with you soon! Till next time! ^.^

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