Resume Writing Tips for Students
Resume Tips for Students, Undergrads, and Graduates
Many university and college students worry that they won’t have a lot to put on their resume since they haven’t been out in the workforce, but not to worry. There are lots of ways you can build up your resume. In fact, you may have more marketable skills than you think!
The most important thing is to make a good first impression!
50% of resumes are rejected due to bad grammar and spelling
76% of resumes are rejected due to an unprofessional email address
55% of recruiters have reconsidered a candidate based on their social media profile
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Highlight achievements in school. Mention if you graduated with honors, earned a high GPA, or won scholarships.
List skills. Make things easier on your interviewer by highlighting key skills include a section for technical skills (such as Microsoft Excel) as well as “soft” skills, such as team building skills and strong writing abilities.
Use real examples. Did you help your employer save money on a project or implement a new process? Share these quantifiable examples.
Include paid and unpaid work experience. This could include volunteer work as well as part-time work, including internships and teaching assistant roles.
Connect your previous responsibilities to the job that you’re applying for. Even if you haven’t done the exact job before, you may be able to show that you’ve learned the skills to do the job. If you answered phones in an office, for example, you’ve already learned to interact with the public and offer quality customer service.
Use action verbs. When highlight your experience, use action verbs (examples: developed, directed, solved, planned, enabled).
Mention additional activities. Include participation in academic clubs, charity events, or other activities that demonstrate your skills in areas such as leadership, collaboration, creativity, and/or perseverance.
ALWAYS check your resume carefully before you send it.
Proof read it for typos and make sure you have not missed any key information or proof of your skills!