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Critical Elements of a College Resume
Whether you were asked to make a resume for a college course, or you need one to land a job during or after college, this article will detail the sections you need to create, to make the perfect resume.
Contact Information: The first section of the resume is going to be the easiest. Simply title the document with your own name, and below that add your email address, mailing address, and a phone number.
Objective: This section is optional. I like to put it on my resume so that when a company picks up my application for an intern position, they can see under my objective section, "I am looking for an internship in sales or marketing during the summer."
Education: Name your school, GPA, Anticipated graduation date (if you are still in school), Major, and the location of your school under this section.
Experience: The longest and most intimidating section of the resume is the experience section. You want to be very purposeful and specific with the information you put into this section, because your potential employer is going to hone in on your relevant experience. If you are going to work as a writer for a newspaper, then including internships with other newspapers is going to be more important to have at the top of this section, than your most recent job as a sales representative for State Farm. Again, everything in this section needs to be relevant to the job that you are applying for.
List the job, the dates when you started and finished it, and your employee title in this section. Underneath your list of jobs, you want to start writing bulleted sentences that describe what you did at each of these jobs. For example you might write this about your job at State Farm, "At State Farm, I contacted leads for sales, rewrote customer policies, and recorded customer concerns regarding their insurance."
Activities and Honors: This section is simply a bulleted list of the honors you received at your university, and the activities you are involved in with your university.
References: This section is becoming extinct on many resumes. The general rule of thumb is to bring a list of references to your interview to show if need be. However, if you have some high profile relevant references, then my opinion is to go for it. Throw them on there and ride your reference section to a new job.
About the Author Mark Clements
My name is Mark Clements, and I'm a recent graduate from Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A huge thanks to one of my own work experiences, McCampbell Enterprises. Not only have I learned a ton about the rainwear industry, but I've also gained work experience that is relevant to my degree. My time and experiences at McCampbell Enterprises prompted me to write this article, and I hope it helps others to build a strong resume for before, after, or during college.