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How to Build your College Resume

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Posted on December 18, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

Having a well-rounded college resume will give you a better shot at obtaining an internship or job in the future. Your resume has to make an impression since employers will be looking at a piece of paper instead of talking to you face to face. Employers receive many resumes each day, so it’s important to stand out as much as you can by having personality, impressive skills and professional language. 

Follow these tips for building an outstanding college resume and you’ll impress employers and land interviews. 

Format
Everyone’s resume is different based on their past, but there are general guidelines to follow. A typical resume includes these categories: 

• Headline: name, address, email address and phone number
• Work experience: jobs and internships you’ve held over the years
• Education: where you attended high school and college
• Activities: any clubs or organizations of which you’ve been a member
• Skills: such as proficiency with Adobe Illustrator or other computer programs
• Achievements: any honors or awards you’ve earned

It’s important to base the creativity of your resume on the companies to which you’re sending it. For instance, a design agency will want to see an artsy resume, while a law or accounting firm will prefer a straightforward, professional one. Take a look at the company’s website to get a general understanding of which style you should choose. 

Whether you’re designing a creative resume or typing up something simple and professional, it still needs to be flawless. Make sure it’s aesthetically pleasing and don’t use a font that’s difficult to read. The text should always be clean and free of typos, and a white background is also a good idea. 

Content
Sometimes it’s difficult to gauge what you think the employer reviewing your resume will want to see. Categories such as education are easy to adhere to, but knowing what work experience to list can be confusing. These tips will help you understand what to include and what to leave out of your resume.

Headline
The most important part of your resume is the headline, which should include your name, address, phone number and email address. This will introduce you to employers and provide the information they need to contact you. 

Past Jobs
When you’re in college, you may not have a lot of work experience, so it’s okay to add your restaurant or retail positions. It will show the employer that you’re responsible and reliable enough to hold a job. It’s also a great sign if you held a certain position for a long period of time and got promoted within the company. 

It’s important to be honest on a resume so you give the employer a good idea of who you are. It’s also perfectly acceptable to leave off information that you don’t believe is relevant to the employer to present your best self. 

College Activities
Be sure to list all of the clubs and organizations you’re involved with at your college, including leadership programs, honors programs and even tutoring. Employers like to see that applicants are involved in activities and comfortable taking charge.

Skills
If you’re particularly skilled in a certain area, such as knowing code or html, be sure to include this information on your resume. There are many classes in college that can offer these types of unique skills, so by listing them, you could get a leg up on other applicants.

The Center for Student Professional Development
After you’ve used these tips to build the first draft of your resume, bring it to DelVal’s Center for Student Professional Development to be reviewed. The professionals will make sure it’s formatted and styled correctly and that the content is appropriate. This center is a great resource to utilize when you’re applying to jobs and internships.

Now that you’re equipped with a well-written resume, you can confidently apply for part-time or full time jobs and internships. Remember to tailor your resume based on the company you’re applying to every time you submit an application.