Making your resume stand out amongst others is so important when looking for a job when you graduate. Today I’m sharing with you some of the basics I learned on how to craft the perfect resume.
The first thing that should go on your resume, other than your name and contact information, is your education. List your college, degree, and expected graduation. You can list your GPA as well if it’s strong. People have different opinions on this, but what I’ve heard most is you should list it if it’s around 3.5. Lots of people say don’t put it, some say only if it’s 3.7 or higher, some say if it’s 3.0 or higher. I think this also depends on your career.
Have a section where you write some of the courses you’ve taken that pertain to the position that you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a social media marketing position write some applicable courses you’ve taken in this field.
Include the internships you’ve had. Write descriptive bullet points that encapsulate the things you did. For example, if you had a social media marketing internship a good bullet point would be, “Collaborated with social media manager to create intriguing posts that increase revenue by 30%”. In that sentence, it shows that you worked with others, you have a good eye for marketing ideas and branding, and you helped increase sales. Obviously don’t use this exact sentence because it might not be true to what you did. Make sure you are including a lot of skills in each sentence to maximize the space you have.
Customer Service Experience
Don’t forget to include part time jobs you’ve had in the service industry. Customer service experience is so important to include. It shows that you’ve had experience working with others, dealing with difficult situations, and so much more. You might think it’s not that important to put down that serving job you had last summer, but it is! There are so many important skills you learned and used in that position. Some of those skills are multitasking, flexibility, patience, being detail oriented, and the list goes on and on. These are all skills that can be applied to your career and professional positions.
The things that you are involved in on campus are a great thing to put on your resume. Show case that you are a well rounded person that manages their time from being in classes to working and being a part of clubs.
If you are still in college and haven’t joined any clubs, make sure you do! It’s so important to show that you were involved in campus life. Join a couple clubs you are interested in and try running for a position in the club like secretary or Vice President. This adds even more value to your resume.
I hope these resume tips help you when making yours. If you have a great resume already share some things in the comments that you have learned or add to it with some of these things.