5 Tips to creating your first Resume
Are you a freshman or sophomore in college and in desperate need of a resume creation? In my experience, creating a resume earlier on will help you in the long-run—you will remember exactly what volunteering you did or positions you held on campus. Use these 5 steps to help you make your resume:
1. Get rid of your high school accomplishments
Yes, this is a very difficult task for everyone. Unless your high school experiences have a direct relation to your current studies, your resume should begin with your college accomplishments. For example, if you are a business student and you participated in DECA in high school, you might want to keep this on your resume.
2. State your accurate address
Where do you plan on living during your first internship? If you want to live home, in California, for example, then you shouldn’t list your address at school in Boston. Also, listing both addresses (home and school) won’t help either—the recruiter who sees your resume might be confused on your living arrangements during the time of the internship.
3. Create an appropriate e-mail address
Back in the days of AOL Instant Messenger, it was cool to have screen names such as “prettygurl” or “soccerstar.” If you use an email account like this, then you should change it…immediately. Usually, people just create email addresses with their names—this could seem “boring,” but it’s just more professional that way.
4. List your LinkedIn
Many companies now let you apply online with your LinkedIn with a resume! Since resumes can fit only a limited amount of information, you should elaborate more on your LinkedIn page. Then, once you’ve spruced it up enough, you should put your LinkedIn link on your resume. This will show recruiters that you are up with the current trends. Also, if you have your own established website, blog, Twitter, etc. you should also put this on your resume (as long as it is appropriate and is relevant to your job search).
5. Show off your on-campus experience
Whatever you do on campus, whether it is a big or small commitment, show it on your resume! You shouldn’t feel like you have to talk up your experience to something it wasn’t—just make sure what you do on-campus is clearly stated. For example, if you participated in Relay for Life last year, you should explain what you did and how much money you made. Even if it is something you only did for a few hours, it counts! As you get older, you won’t have time for smaller experiences on-campus, but for the time being it is great.
The 5 steps above will help you with creating your FIRST resume, which will help your internship/job search in the future. Make sure your resume is truthful and shows exactly how you want yourself to be viewed! Good luck.