Stuck on what to put on your resume? You’d be surprised how much information you can cram in your one page resume.
Besides the obvious information such as the quick points about who you are and indicating your anticipated degree, take a minute to think about everything you have done up until now and start writing out some of your experiences.
The 3 tips below are a few ways to help get you started.
1. Include action words that highlight your skills. Let’s say you were a Barista at a local coffee shop… that experience is not a waste! Include some of the skills you developed in that role using action words such as facilitated, led, managed, maintained, operated, recommended, etc. Here are some examples of those action words in one-line sentences:
- Communicated with customers, managed inbound requests, and shared complaints with manager to help make improvements
- Organized orders during busiest hours and responsible for serving approximately 30 patrons per morning shift
- Managed cash register drawer of at least $400.00
- Led and trained four new Baristas in protocol and etiquette
Many of the skills acquired from unrelated experiences are transferable. The key is to find ways to demonstrate your dedication, dependability, creativity, and work ethic with the right action words.
2. List relevant courses or projects you have experienced. If you took an intro to web design course and you’re applying for a creative-type job, make a note of it! Employers want to see what classroom experience and software knowledge you can bring to the intern position. If you put a business plan together with three other classmates, include this as well. This demonstrates your ability to work in teams as well as your ability to see projects through from start to finish. Companies are seeking interns with fresh insight so don’t hide what you’ve learned.
3. List your extracurricular activities or volunteer experience. What are you doing when you’re not in class? If you are a soccer coach, youth leader at a local church, or tutor students in math, jot this down on your resume, especially if you had a leadership position. Do you have a blog with weekly entries about food or film? Then put it on your resume. If you volunteer at a local homeless shelter or joined a team of people who clean up local parks, this is worth noting too. Employers don’t want to hire robots… they want to hire people with personality, so be sure to include this kind of information.
These are just a few ways to help get you started on your resume. Start brainstorming, jot down as much as possible and then go back, trim it down and organize as you see fit. When it comes time to proofing, we recommend that you rally up your teachers, family and friends. Just note… everyone will offer different advice, but just decide what you want to include and make it your own.