Thursday, October 2, 2008

Resume Advice for Students

Creating a resume when you have little or no work experience is challenging, but possible. The skills you've developed and knowledge you've acquired in school can be transferred to any job. Below is a list of sections that a student or recent graduate should include on a resume.

1. Relevant Coursework

You've worked hard in your classes, so why not put them on your resume? List any classes that relate to the position for which you are applying.

2. Projects and Presentations
List the major projects or presentations you have completed. Briefly describe each project and include the grade received if it was a B or above.

3. Computer Skills
This includes software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. If you know HTML or any other programming languages, include those as well.

4. Languages
You don't have to be extremely fluent in a language in order to list it, but you should be able to conduct basic conversation with native speakers (be honest about your level of fluency on the resume).

5. Community Involvement
If you've volunteered or done any community service, be sure to include it on your resume. Tutoring volunteer work that you can do on your own and looks impressive on a resume.

6. Honors and Awards
Honors, awards, and academic scholarships you've received should be on your resume. You should also put if you were on any honor rolls (President's List, Dean's List, etc).

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