Tips for Building a Perfect Resume! | The Intern Queen
How to Build Up a Resume in College
College is the perfect time to start building up your resume. After you graduate, you’ll need a good resume when you’re applying to internships, jobs, and graduate schools. Stand out from other applicants with a resume that shows you’re well-rounded and already have relevant skills. Make your resume great by joining clubs, studying abroad, and getting jobs and internships while you’re in college.
Get an internship.This is the best thing you can do for your resume. Employers in every sector are looking for students with interning experience. Internships teach you what it is like to work in your field. You will learn everything from how to dress to what an average day is like.
- Network and work hard during your internship. If you show you’re good at the job, you can get a letter of reference from your supervisor. Also, if you impress the people where you intern, they may offer you a job in the future.
- Connect with the staff at your campus' career center and internship office on campus. Employers often ask for direct referrals from these offices. If the staff members know you, they can refer you. They can also let you know about internships for which you can earn class credit.
- Speak with your professors about possible internships for students in your department or school and ask their advice about interning. They might offer you helpful contacts. If you have a small field of focus, don't be afraid to reach out to your ideal employer directly to let them know about your skills and interests.
Get a job.Look for jobs that will teach you career skills. Apply to work in areas that interest you, like the athletic department or the library. You will make good contacts, learn about working in a professional environment, and develop specific skills you can list on your resume.
- Talk to your professors. They often know about jobs students get on campus. Many also hire editorial, research and lab assistants.
- It’s a good idea to get a job related to your studies, for example as a tutor or lab assistant.
Look for opportunities to volunteer.Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills that you can list on your resume. Look for opportunities that will relate to your studies or career interests. Like interning, volunteering can show you what working in your field is really like.
- Many non-profit organizations have volunteer positions that require professional skills, like accounting, translating, or working in environmental sciences.
- Network with different people in the organization where you volunteer and demonstrate that you are a good worker - your volunteer position might lead to an internship or job.
Study abroad.Studying abroad can help your resume stand out to employers. Look for opportunities that relate to your studies or career goals. Try to find programs that will challenge you or teach you to appreciate new perspectives and cultures.
- Look for service-learning programs that organize volunteering in communities overseas. You’ll learn exciting new skills and it will look terrific on your resume.
- Apply for funding through prestigious scholarship programs, like the Boren, Gilman, or Critical Languages Scholarship. These will look very impressive on your resume and you will learn important proposal writing skills.
Learning New Skills
Take interesting courses.You can learn relevant career skills in college courses. Find out which specific skills might be required in jobs that interest you and look for related classes. For example, if you want to become a lawyer, you might want to take classes in rhetoric.
Learn a new language.Language skills look very impressive on a resume. In an increasingly globalized world, learning a foreign language will help you stand out to potential employers. Employers know that workers who can speak a foreign language have an advantage when working with global partners.
- If you are interested in working in international business or banking, consider studying Mandarin, Japanese, or German.
- If you want to work in foreign relations, you could study one of the official United Nations languages, like Russian, Arabic, or Spanish.
Get involved in extracurricular activities.Extracurricular activities will help you build your leadership and team building skills, learn time management, and hone your work ethic. Employers look for students who have leadership skills and who can demonstrate that they work well on a team. These activities are also a good way to learn more about your campus community and find other job, interning, and volunteering opportunities.
- If you are athletic, you can join a team or play intramural sports. If you have a special talent, use it: act in a play, write for the school newspaper, or illustrate the yearbook.
- Look for clubs that fit your major. For example, join the Biology Club if you are a Biology major.
- Start your own club if you have a good idea. This level of initiative and leadership will look great on your resume.
Putting Your Resume Together
Consult with career services.Career center counselors are dedicated to helping you prepare resumes. They have multiple templates and can guide you in how to write a resume for specific fields and industries. They will give you feedback and advice as you are writing different drafts of your resume.
- College career centers often offer resume-writing workshops.
Do some research.Before you write your resume, look at job postings to see how employers are describing positions that interest you. Find their key-words and lists of qualifications. Use those key-words and qualifications when they are relevant to your experience.
- For example, if you see that many employers are looking for “a highly resourceful team player,” you could use that in your summary section. You could also use phrases like “demonstrated high level of resourcefulness” or “successfully collaborated on a team” to describe one of your experiences.
- Include specific job responsibilities that you have done, like “compiles and analyzes financial information to prepare general ledger entries" on your resume.
- Use this information to tailor your resume to whatever jobs you are applying to.
Organize your resume.Find a template that will help you emphasize your education, skills, and experiences. There are online templates available from many university career centers. Start with the most important information at the top so employers can’t miss it. Keep reader interest by describing your skills and experiences with action verbs.
- Some sections that appear in student resumes are: summary or objective, education, related experience, related coursework, activities/leadership, honors and awards, skills.
- Some professions have field-specific templates or expectations regarding resume formatting. For example, graphic designers often have creative resumes that go beyond plain text. Look over sample resumes from your field to get an idea of common organization.
Use a professional format.Employers will appreciate a clean, professional-looking resume. Keep your resume to one page and use 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins so it is easy to read. Highlight important information and section headings by using italics or boldface. Make it easy to skim by organizing information with bullet points instead paragraphs.
- Keep it concise because you only have one page.
- Proofread it very carefully. You can also ask a professor or someone in career services to do a final review.
- Use a standard font.
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