Crafting a resume that succinctly represents your college experience and showcases your unique qualities can be a daunting task. As you put together your one-page document, you may wonder how to effectively highlight your major, summarize your impressive internship, or describe your stellar part-time job.
Additionally, you may question what type of file format is best for your resume. In order to alleviate some of the pressure and assist you in building a career that truly makes a difference, we’ve compiled a list of four common resume questions to consider.
As a student should I make my resume one page?
Yes. Recruiters only look at resumes for about six seconds, so we need to find your information quickly. You’ll eventually get to a point in your career where you can have a longer resume but stick to one page while you’re a student or recent grad.
How should I organize my resume?
Put your school, major and graduation date at the top of your resume so we can figure out which of our programs best match your skills and start date. You can also add relevant coursework, research and academic honors.
Your jobs, internships and leadership roles should come next—in chronological order—giving us a glimpse at your relevant experience. Finally, you can have a separate section toward the bottom of your resume for extracurriculars like sports, volunteering and hobbies.
How do I describe my experiences?
Use vivid descriptions, ranges or scales that show off your achievements, contributions and key results. Go deeper than listing a job description. Share how you improved parts of the company you worked for, and make connections between the job you want and the job you have.
If you’re a cashier, tell us you’re a mathematician extraordinaire and share how you can solve problems quickly. Maybe you worked in retail and organized a sales event. That’s project management. You’ll find ways to tweak your resume for each opportunity you’re applying for.
How should I format my resume?
To ensure consistent formatting of your resume across different devices, it’s advisable to save it as a PDF file. By doing so, you can be confident that the layout and design of your resume will remain intact, regardless of the device or software used to view it.
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