As a student, you have worked hard to reach your educational goals. Whether you have graduated with a degree or are still pursuing one, finding a job does not have to be too daunting, provided you are armed with a quality resume.
A great way to approach a student resume when real world experience is light is to spotlight your achievements and attributes in other areas, looking at particular projects as work or through inclusion of internships and volunteer efforts. School work involves major projects, timelines, team collaboration, independent accountability and many facts of the work world. Use these experiences to indicate work history, albeit an as yet uncompensated one.
In order to creatively indicate you have what it takes for a career-oriented position, include some of the following:
Internships and volunteerism
Seminars, coursework or training
Administrative and technical skills
Next, to supplement the absence of real world work history on your resume, include soft skills you possess which make applicants stand out to employers. Some soft skills typical to the job market today include:
Integrity and compassion
Formatting Your Student Resume
Now that you are aware of background and skills your resume must convey, organization of this information in a concise format must be considered. As with any project in college or the work world, presenting disorganized work will turn away potential for success.
On your resume you must show, as a student work candidate, that you are professional, organized and structured in presentation, just as experienced counterparts may indicate they are through work history. Being organized and concise in your presentation will help you get into the door when lack of experience could otherwise fail you.
Below are some specific sections of a widely accepted student resume and what each section should include:
Objective Provide three present tense sentences positioning you as actively engaged in the role you seek. Be assertive in your statements of capabilities, attributes, knowledge and skill. Be powerful as an intriguing invitation for the recruiter to continue learning more about you.
Background/Experience As your background may be light in actual work history within the field, you must include other information to supplement occupational experience. Provide details of any jobs you have held, particularly orienting bullet statements of accomplishments in those roles to quantifiable results an employer in your chosen field would appreciate.
If you have no work history whatsoever, work to include completed projects for courses, collaborative efforts such as planned events, fundraising, uncompensated work or other projects you have completed over the past few years.
Certifications and Training Today’s employee is one who faces lifelong learning as the foundation of their occupation. As a student, you have been engaged in an ongoing learning process as part of which you have received certifications and training. Applicable to the job you seek, provide listing of courses completed, trainings, degree programs and any certifications as part of your progression to the workplace.
Achievements Because they indicate integrity and tenacity toward goals, your student accolades, awards and achievements should be showcased in this section.