College Resume Writing

Getting Over The Hump

College resume writing is not something you just wake up in the morning and decide to do while you're finishing up your college education.

If you are close to your graduation date then you have probably been advised to start preparing your resume for when you do graduate and begin your job search.

There are usually several questions that future college grads have regarding how to create their resume and what information to include?

We thought we would provide you with some answers to some of those questions.


College Resume Writing FAQs

Q. Where Do I Start With My Resume?

A. When writing your first resume, you will want to select a format that best represents your "career" to date. There are three standard resume formats that employers are used to seeing in the job market and they are the chronological, functional, and combination (or hybrid) formats.

If you have had several jobs during your college career then you may want to opt for the chronological format as it lists your jobs and experience in order by date.

If you have had no employment during your college career then you may want to use the functional format as it highlights your skills and education.

If you have had some work experience and also been active in your college career in clubs and activities, or other groups, then the combination format would be your best choice as it offers the best of both the chronological and the functional formats because it highlights both your skills and your employment history.

We mainly use the combination format for most of our college resumes.

Q. Do I Need A Resume Objective?

A. Yes and no. With college resume writing, most resumes are designed with your header information and then a form of a summary or objective. We believe that the standard resume objective doesn't showcase your skills as well as another option - a summary of qualifications.

Why? The resume objective usually includes terminology like "seeking a position in management..." and your potential employer already knows that you are looking for a job if they are reading your resume.

A summary of qualifications offers your resume reader the chance to see your skills and experience in a concise two or three-line paragraph that creates a very strong first impression.

Q. What If I Don't Have A Lot Of Work History For My Resume?

A. Most employers hiring college graduates understand that they do not have a wealth of employment experience. This does not mean that your resume shouldn't be just as powerful in showcasing what you can offer a prospective employer.

If you do not have a great deal of employment experience yet, then we recommend selecting the combination resume format and really showcase your skills up front in your resume.

What skills do you showcase? All of the skills you've been building up in your college career. Here's a quick way to start the brainstorming process.

Consider writing a list of all of the activities, associations, clubs, events and more that you have participated in during your college career.

Next to each item, list some of the skills that were needed to perform any of the functions.

For Example: If you were a member of a fraternity or sorority, did you hold any offices? Plan any events or serve on committees?

If you did, then you can list those skills such as coordination, leadership, time management, and others and you will be able to include them in your resume.

Q. Should I List My Classes On My Resume?

A. When it comes to college resume writing, your education section should always include your degree and your major as well as the school or university you attended. Obviously listing every class you have taken is not advised nor do employers want to know that information.

What can be helpful is listing some of the classes that pertained directly to your major or that would offer nice support to the skills that you have listed on your resume.

We don't recommend listing too many but if you are graduating with a special education degree and you have had over 100 hours of on-site interning, that would be something we feel an employer would deem valuable.

Another example might be if you were graduating with a degree in marketing and you took a highly targeted social media class. You could include that under your education section to add value to your resume.

How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?

Most beginner resumes are usually one page in length however depending on your employment history and skills that you have acquired, a two-page resume might also be acceptable instead of trying to cram in all of your information on one page.


College resume writing doesn't have to be a mountain to climb. With a little prep work ahead of time listing out your skills and experience, you should be on your way to a great resume.



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