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Resume Writing Tips for College Students

by Michele Cooper

Most college students need to write a resume, whether it is to get a job while in school or after graduation. While college students usually do not have a lot of professional work experience, they should be able to gather enough material to fill out a one-page resume. Using a few simple tips, most college students can create a resume that attracts the interest of potential employers.

Style

According to LIM College, employers look at a resume for sixty seconds or less, so it is key is to make an impact in a short amount of time. The first thing employers notice is the overall appearance of the resume and they look for professionalism. Resumes should be a maximum of one page and use a legible 12-point font. You should use black ink on white paper, without photos or artwork. Contact information should be clearly located at the top of the page.

Education

In resumes, education should be listed directly after contact information. Your most recent education is listed first and includes whether you have graduated or when you will graduate, and your exact degree information. GPA information is optional, but should not be included if you have earned less than a 3.5. If you have not had many jobs, you may want to include relevant coursework that you have completed, but only if it directly applies to the position.

Work Experience

Work experience should begin with your most recent job and include employer, dates employed, location and title. Under each job, responsibilities and accomplishments should be listed in bullets. Jobs that are not related to the potential new position should be limited to three bullet points, while related jobs may include up to five. Internships may be included if they relate to the jobs you are applying for or if you do not have a lot of paid experience.

Extras

The end of the resume can include other sections if they fit, including skills, community service and affiliations. However, sections should only be included that are relevant to the position. For example, if you are applying for a job at a nonprofit, it would be appropriate to include a section on community and volunteer service. Sections on interests and activities should only be added if you lack content elsewhere. When listing skills, be specific and honest and include only those that you have mastered. In general, unless you are a freshman or sophomore, keep high school information or involvement out of your resume.

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