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Junior Series: Building Your

College Resume

Benefits of a Résumé

What is a resume?

A brief written account of personal, educational, and professional. qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.

Share what is unique and memorable about you.

How does a resume help a college?

Explains who you are in a snapshot.

Conveys how you fill a need of the organization to which you are applying. This is the trickiest piece.

• Conveys how you fill a need of the organization to which you are applying. •

What are colleges looking for?

Colleges are looking for students who will enhance the campus’ sense

of community.

Any activity that you engage in is likely going to enhance their campus community.

Examine your activities for what has been meaningful experiences to you.

This will help your passion shine.

Depth in a limited number of activities

Dedication and quality over time.

Colleges are looking to see if you have strong time management skills.

What makes you unique and interesting?

This may take some digging for you to realize

The Dynamic Duo:

Content and Formatting

Content

Brainstorm all of the things you have done…

What would you like to highlight? Explain in great detail

Mindful balance of too little vs. too much

Helpful Categories

School activities

Short descriptions, strong active verbs.

Leadership positions

Community involvement/service opportunities

Awards, honors & achievements: a simple laundry list

You should explain any awards that do not have an obvious title) or may include more detailed descriptions depending on the amount of awards you have received

Work experience

Can include one-time special projects

depending on the amount of awards you have received • Work experience • Can include one-time

Format

Format sets you a part as a polished professional

First impressions count

Must be easy to read

Consistency is key

Maintain the same font and size

Creativity

Your ability to be creative is dependent on your program of study

Resume Templates

Word or Canva are free

Graphic design tool

Pinterest vs. buying a template

• Resume Templates • Word or Canva are free • Graphic design tool • Pinterest vs.

Format Rules of Thumb

Clearly identified sections/headings/categories

Order needs to be logical

Highlight what you are most invested in first

Chronological order beginning with most recent

Use bullet points

No more than three under any heading/category

Specific title, duration, and location

Quantify when possible

title, duration, and location • Quantify when possible • Ex. Completed 400 community service hours at

Ex. Completed 400 community service hours at Hope at Hand

NEVER GO OVER ONE PAGE!!!

Word Choice

Ensure that you are using powerful action verbs

Action verbs help to bring life to your resume

Begin bullet points with strong action verb

Strong action verbs change tone of resume

Example 1: Worked with kids at a summer camp.

Example 2: Supervised thirty ten year olds at the Cummer Art Museum summer camp.

Use the past tense

Even if you are still currently employed, involved, or continuing

Edit, Edit, Edit

Read your resume out loud to find grammar mistakes

Additional Tips Ms. Armstrong has learned

Create a Google Drive folder specifically for resumes

You must tailor your resume for each job

Save files to continue to update over time

Pull information together to fit skills

Rule of Seven

Find buzzwords on college or company’s website

Use synonyms of those buzzwords seven times throughout resume

Objective statement

Do not use for your college application

Only needed when someone is changing industries

Skills employers want on your resume

Communication, leadership, planning/organization, and teamwork

Where to begin

Brainstorm everything you have ever done.

Rank the items that are the most important to your values and passions

This will help you to refine what is the most

important for colleges to know about you.

Find/create a template that best fits you

to refine what is the most important for colleges to know about you. • Find/create a