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Drafting your first resume can be challenging as a student. Your school’s career center can help you with the basics, but today’s economy is tough. You need to make sure your resume stands out more so than the other candidates’ so you can start getting experience as soon as possible. Reviewing sample resumes is a great way to check for areas of improvement and get you that much closer to the career you want to be in.
Only Include Relevant Information
When you don’t have much experience, it can be tough to fill out a resume. Don’t just add information to your resume for the sake of filling up a page. The hiring manager is going to disregard all irrelevant information anyway, and it makes your resume look less professional if it’s mostly filler. An example of filler would be including that you have a valid driver’s license, as this applicant did in our sample resume. Unless you’re applying to a transportation company that requires you to drive, this information is not relevant. If the application specifically asks for this info, only then it is acceptable to provide it.
Organize Your Qualifications
Do not include basic skills in the same bulleted list as your certifications. If you have multiple certifications, give yourself credit for them by giving them their own section. Listing them in the middle of the skills section could cause a hiring manager to overlook them completely. Also, make sure that you’re not repeating yourself. Our sample resume lists Able to work independently and as a member of a team and Team-player in the same list. Team-player could have been omitted because it is vague and grammatically incorrect. There is no need for a dash in this phrase.
Education and Experience Sections for Students
Normally, your experience section should be listed before your education. If you are still a student, a recent graduate, or if you’re applying at entry-level, however, you can put your education first. If you have attended college, there is no reason to add your high school diploma unless specifically requested. If you are in college it is assumed that you have passed the high school milestone. It is worth mentioning in this candidate graduated high school early, but that can easily be addressed with a short line or bullet point. The candidate also listed more than one high school, but it’s best to only list the one you graduated from. Listing the colleges you have attended is great, but make sure that you’re listing your education starting with the most recent to the least recent. If you graduated from more than one school, include your graduation date. If you did not graduate from a school but completed coursework there, omit the entry unless it is relevant to the position you’re applying for. If the entry is relevant, include the dates you attended the institution. Place your expected graduation date under the college you’re currently attending if you’re still in school. If you have work experience, there is no need to sum up how you felt about a particular position in your resume. Avoid doing this as it can come off as unprofessional. Instead, simply list the duties you performed and the skill sets you acquired while working at each position. An employer does not need to know that you never want to work in the food industry again, and they can probably figure that out for themselves if you’re applying to a position that will lead you toward a role as a school counselor. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a good resume. Use Live Career’s Resume Builder to make sure that you’re representing your best self.