by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Please Note: This article supplements our comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Resumes with some special questions and answers of interest to college students and new grads preparing resumes.
Here’s how this College Student/New Grad Supplemental Resume FAQ is organized for navigation ease:
- What’s tricky about the name of my degree?
- I feel funny listing my degree when I haven’t graduated yet.
- Should I list my college minor?
- Should I list my college GPA?
- Should I list my college coursework?
- Should I really include class and team projects on my resume?
- Should I list my high school?
- What about listing community college?
- Should I list academic awards, honors, recognition under the Education section?
- What else should be listed under the Education section?
- Should I list the specific name of my Greek organization?
- Should I list sports on my resume?
What’s tricky about the name of my degree?
Different schools and colleges have varying designations for degrees, so be sure of the exact name of the degree(s) you have earned.
For example, at the undergraduate level, you may be earning a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Business Administration (spell out the full name of your degree rather than using initials).
I feel funny listing my degree when I haven’t graduated yet.
If you list your degree with your graduation date, and the date is in the future, the employer will understand that you don’t yet have the degree. For example:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, May 2012.
However, you may feel more comfortable adding the word “expected” to the above:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, expected May 2012.
Should I list my college minor on my resume?
- Some experts say to only list minor if relevant, but others suggest always listing your minor on your resume.
- A computer-related minor is almost always relevant.
- Foreign-language minors can be very relevant, depending on the job.
- If you have not completed all the courses for a minor, you might consider stating you have an “emphasis.”