As college students near graduation, many begin to look for work. Many jobs require applicants to turn in a resume before scheduling an interview. For college students, creating a resume is an important task that should be completed before the job hunt begins. In general, a resume consists of the information that most employers would like to know about the applicant. To create a good resume, be sure to include all this pertinent information.
Many employers are most interested in an applicant's work history section of a resume. However, since you are a college student, you do not need to worry too much about this section, as you should put the focus of your resume on education. Despite this fact, you still should highlight any important work or volunteer experience you have.
This section should be the main focus of your resume. Here, stress your academic accomplishments. You should include your degree, major, honors earned and any important educational activities in which you have been involved. Do not list any information about high school unless you were in honors programs or had an especially high GPA.
If you participated in any organizations or clubs in university, list them here. "The Guide to Basic Resume Writing" reports that employers will see these experiences as evidence of initiative, dedication and good social skills. In this section, you may also include any neighborhood, volunteer or community programs you participated in. However, it is advisable to omit listing participation in organizations that are specifically oriented to race, sex, sexual orientation or nationality so that you do not exclude yourself due to possible discrimination by the company to which you are applying.
Before graduating college, you may consider applying for a student membership in a professional organization in your field. If you do so, add these organizations to your resume, as they show employers your desirability to stay present on issues in your field.
In the last section of your resume, you can list any special skills you have that may raise your likelihood of getting a job. Some examples of special skills include fluency in foreign languages, travel experience and computer skills.
- "The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules and Eye-opening Advice to Writing Resumes and Cover Letters that Work;" Scott Bennett; 2005
- "The Guide to Basic Resume Writing" 2004
Having obtained a Master of Science in psychology in East Asia, Damon Verial has been applying his knowledge to related topics since 2010. Having written professionally since 2001, he has been featured in financial publications such as SafeHaven and the McMillian Portfolio. He also runs a financial newsletter at Stock Barometer.