How To Write a Resume (For College Students)

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this video is going to go over how to

write a good resume specifically aimed

at college students this will apply to

most students but especially to those

who are maybe freshman or sophomores

I've talked about trying to get

internships as soon as possible and you

may be wondering what to even include on

your resume to stand out for those jobs

when you really have no experience and

don't worry I was wondering the same

thing but hopefully this video will help

you out if you've done research on

creating a good resume then a lot of

this you already know but I will include

examples of segments from different

quality resumes I found as well so let's

just go through all the big sections on

most resumes most resumes were ordered a

little differently but I want to put

what I just typically saw first at the

top you should put your name and contact

information including email phone number

address and I even see people include

their LinkedIn profile I did some

researching and the general consensus

with yes include your LinkedIn profile

it can only help so long as you have a

decently well-made LinkedIn next on the

resume usually comes education this is

where you include your school your

degree your minor if applicable your

concentration or specialization if

applicable and your GPA or major GPA

honestly pick which one is higher your

major GPA is basically what your GPA is

if you don't account for irrelevant

courses such as general Ed's like

psychology for an engineering student if

you did great in those irrelevant

courses and they boosted your GPA then

just put your normal GPA there colleges

may put you on the Dean's List if you

get above a certain GPA and if you've

achieved this at all listed in education

section the next section differs for a

lot of resumes but if you're in college

and especially don't have much

experience then relevant coursework can

come next I see this in most College

resumes are you a chem major who took

their first general chemistry course

then put it on there if you took your

first programming course as an engineer

again put it on there any courses in

your major or ones that are at least

relevant to your major put them on I

even saw engineers throw in that they

took a writing course for engineers most

didn't but it did come up next I'm going

to put skills and no matter who you are

I promise there's something relevant you

can put

so if you learned any programming

languages include those even if you've

barely got any experience or the class

just started and at least shows you've

got an exposure the programming

languages can be listed in this next

section as well but have you used any

computer software

it could be MATLAB AutoCAD or SolidWorks

which a lot of Engineers use or have you

use Microsoft Word Excel and or

PowerPoint nearly every College resume I

saw when researching for this video

included those last three and they could

apply to any major or career even though

they are simpler make sure to include

them for majors outside of stem I've

seen people put video editing software

they knew because it was related to

their major or Photoshop or even social

media marketing for maybe a business

major then also list hardware or

equipment you've used maybe you've used

an oscilloscope or you've done welding

or machining of some type maybe you've

done some type of testing on a specific

machine once you do your first lab in

college you should have some stuff to

put in this section or for science

majors you can put laboratory skills

this was extremely common to see on

their resumes so if you've done an

infrared spectroscopy lab or an

electrophoresis lab include those as

well I know those were really specific

but you will get there and once you've

done some kind of important lab or lab

technique you can then put it on your

resume do speak multiple languages that

was something I also saw in a good

amount of resumes I even saw where one

person listed their typing speed because

it applied to the career that they

wanted make it somewhat related to the

job that you're going for but there's a

lot that you can put in this section

next came projects or labs this is where

you list any types of projects or

hands-on experience you've gotten

relevant to your major for those with

more experience try to include projects

that are most applicable to the job you

are trying to get as well as ones that

are newer for you your freshman year

projects won't be as important as your

senior project for example maybe you're

in business and you did a marketing

campaign for a certain product and don't

forget to describe it a little with

bullet points like design surveys to

assess customer demands or maybe you're

a history major and you did a research


you can include any big labs you did as

an engineer or science major whether it

was for a required class or for a club

often when it comes to final projects in

a class even though everyone does one

they will all be different so you'll

still have that uniqueness on the resume

as an engineer I never included any of

my weekly labs but anything that took me

really more than two weeks to complete

with something I would consider to throw

on my resume next game experience or

work experience or work history or

something similar the obvious here is to

include jobs or internships that you've

had and the more relevant to the career

you want the better so apart from the

obvious of including like an intern

position at a company directly related

to your major you can include tutoring

or being a teacher's assistant I saw

people who include they were a resident

advisor for their dorms or you were a

lifeguard or even a cashier include what

you can especially for those who are

younger if you've got no experience

related to your major there's still at

least says hey someone else has hired me

and again use bullet points to explain

what you did or what you got out of that

job then at the bottom came leadership

or involvement or something similar this

has a wide range of things that you can

put this can include clubs that you

joined at your school you can include

Greek life viewer part of it any charity

organizations you joined and if you

assumed any leadership roles then

definitely include those as well but

plenty of people put things like they

were in college band in the Boy Scouts

volunteered at a basketball camp played

intramural football and so on and you

have lots of experience and you don't

really need these last things that might

not be as related to a job you're going

for but for those who are younger again

just try to get what you can most

freshmen and sophomore resumes I saw had

stuff just like this now for some

general resume tips first is to keep it

one-page more than that is for people

with much more experience which doesn't

really apply to college students

these next two kind of go together and

versus to not use first-person pronouns

and the second is to use action verbs

words like created customized perform

introduced launched analyzed and a bunch

of others that I'll list here

remember when I talked about describing

a job and I put assisted students one on

one in calc 1 and 2 your sentences

should be somewhat like this such as

they start with an action verb and don't

contain a first person pronoun like I

assisted with something and notice how

these aren't even really complete

sentences which is okay you just need to

make them as descriptive as possible

additionally when it comes to the jobs

are experienced there's an average of

about three to four bullet points for

each describing what the student did so

you don't need too much detail then

generally speaking don't include

references or any mention of them on

your resume

there may be situations where you can

but usually if they want references they

will request them make sure to list

everything in each section in reverse

chronological order so put your most

recent experience first and then go back

from there as you go down the resume

also use relevant keywords did you know

that they have applicant tracking

systems which is software that can scan

thousands of resumes and pick which

people are the best fit for the job how

does the software do this by searching

resumes for keywords so if you are

applying for a job that says

requirements proficient in MATLAB

then you better include the word MATLAB

on your resume or else it's possible

your resume will never be seen by a

human look at the qualifications and job

description section of the job listing

and make sure you list various important

keywords that you see and below in the

description I have attached my resume

for my first year in college that I was

luckily able to find as well as my last

year's resume that it used to search for

full-time jobs so you can see the

differences but also how I was able to

add things even as a freshman and when

it comes to formatting there are plenty

of websites out there to help you but

feel free to use either of mind if you'd

like as well you can download them to a

Word document and just switch out the

information when it comes to formatting

there isn't an issue with just using

anything that you can find and I want

you guys have the easiest time possible

when making a resume and lastly remember

this was more of a broad video resumes

differ and may include different

sections that didn't include or they

won't include sections that I talked

about so make sure to do your own

research this should give you an idea of

how to

one as a college student if you enjoyed

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