How to Write a Student Resume

When you begin looking for your first job after graduation, prospective employers will understand that new graduates are likely to have less official work experience. For this reason, the graduate resume is a bit different than a resume from someone who has spent 5 or 10 years in the post-grad work force.

Because the bulk of your life until this point has likely been consumed by school and school-related events, it is a good idea to focus a great deal of attention on the education portion of your resume. This means you can list your degree and your GPA, as well as any courses of special interest that relate to your desired field of employment on your resume. If you were the recipient of scholarships or academic achievement awards, be sure to list these as well.

Graduate resume writing allows you to have a bit more leeway as far as creativity. This means you can list any awards you've won, clubs you were involved in, and any academic trips or study abroad programs you've been involved with. If you served in any type of school activity in a leadership capacity, make note of this as well.

For the work experience part of your resume, feel free to list any jobs you have worked at over the past 6-8 years. Depending on your experience, these jobs may range from retail sales, amusement park work, corporate internships, neighborhood babysitting jobs, or office positions you held at your high school college.

Though you may be tempted to list jobs that seem irrelevant to the type of job you are currently looking for, don't feel feel embarrassed to list seemingly insignificant periods of time  of work because you never know what may stand out to the hiring manager of the job you are after.

Another positive thing to include in your resume is letters of recommendation from professionals you have come in contact with during the course of your academic career. These references can come from people you have worked for, as well as teachers, principals, professors, academic advisors, and people who were your managers in any internship positions.

The key to composing a graduate resume is to show the hiring manager that though you may not have any real world work experience yet, you have done your best to gain as much knowledge and experience as you can by taking the time to list all of these things in your resume.

Always have someone double check your resume for typos or spelling and grammar errors. Even the best resume full of the most interesting details will lose its luster if it contains sloppy errors. And, like it or not, sloppy errors can reflect negatively on your ability to successfully do the job you are interviewing for.

Never feel badly about your lack of experience when composing your graduate resume. The more variety you include, the more likely you are to demonstrate that you have the ability to learn new things and can adapt well to a variety of environments. Remember, that your resume is just a glimpse of who you are, so list your experience with confidence and be ready to fully represent the best of who you are in your interviews.


Gail Esparan