Your resume is the first opportunity to market yourself to prospective employers during the job search process. In order to build the essential components of your resume, you should be involved on campus through organizations and community service as well as seek internships or job opportunities in your desired field.
The following is what you should include on your Resume:
- Contact information
- Professional experience
- Community service
- Technical skills
Generally, the six sections listed above are how you should format your resume. Let’s take a look at each area:
Education: Your education should include the school you attend with your major, grade point average, and expected graduation date.
Professional experience: This should include any jobs or internships you have had in order to further your experience or knowledge in you field of interest. It is important you list your position(s), the specific duties you fulfilled in your role, and how long you worked there.
Not only do you want to list what you did at this job, but demonstrate HOW you made an impact at the organization. This is crucial because employers are going to be looking at how YOU can benefit their organization.
Leadership and Affiliations: This section consists of your involvement in on campus organizations. It is important to describe what the organization does because an employer may not be familiar with the organization’s mission. You should also list your role in the organization, whether it be President, Secretary, or even a general member. You should be able to discuss what exactly you did in the organization and how it helped you. Community service is recommended, but it is not needed. If you have one community service project you are very passionate about, it is okay to include it in leadership and affiliation, but if you are involved in multiple then you can include them in their own community service category.
Last are your skills: This usually goes at the bottom of your resume and it is where you can mention any language you have proficiency in, your computer skills and the types of programs you are familiar with, and your personal interests. Proficiency in a certain technology can get your foot in the door for the interview, so it is important to list these.
A general tip is to use 12-point font, Times New Roman, and keep to one page. It is critical to take these guidelines into consideration when formulating your resume because this is the first impression you give to the employer.