Before you begin writing your resume, decide on which format you will be using. Follow these steps to help build your resume!
Gathering your personal and employment information
This is the easy part! Make a list of all of your jobs/internships, college classes, volunteer and community service, and awards. Include more relevant experiences rather than experiences from your early years of high school.
Writing your resume
After you’ve collected all the information you need, you should mostly follow the order below. Hold off on the formatting, for now.
1. Resume heading
Full name, street address, city, state, zip, email address (appropriate and one that you check daily), and cell phone number.
Not all resumes include an objective, but it can provide employers with a better idea of your goals for employment, specifically tailored to the position you are applying for.
You need to emphasize your education since you don’t have a great amount of work experience at this stage in your life. Include the name of your school, degree, GPA, expected graduation date, and any related coursework.
This is what makes a resume. Employers want to know where you worked/interned, for how long (ex: July 2017 – August 2017), and what your responsibilities were.
- You’ll most likely be using reverse chronological format – so list your experiences with your most recent position first
- Choose strong and compelling action verbs that will catch the employer’s attention. Avoid overused words such as led, responsible for, and managed.
- Check out this extensive list of action verbs!
- Quantify whenever possible. Numbers enhance your responsibilities and are easier to measure. For example, if you worked as a register at a retail store you might say that you managed $20,000 daily.
- Look up resume templates online!! Templates serve as great examples and can push you in the right direction.
5. Certifications, awards, and accomplishments
Use this section to mention any academic, sports, or extracurricular awards you have earned.