How to Get a Good Job : Writing College Resumes

How to Get a Good Job : Writing College Resumes


Hi, my name is Pat Goodwin with PatGoodwinAssociates.com.
We’re going to talk about how to write a college resume. I’m assuming that by that title, How
to Write a College Resume, someone is approaching graduation, or they’re looking for an internship,
or they’re looking for summer employment. What I would encourage you to do is write
the resume based on some of the same components you would after you get out of college. The
top of the first page has your name, centered, all bold and caps. And then your contact information,
your address, your e-mail, your cell number. Make sure that your voice message on your
cell is a professional message, no music, no silly statement. Just this is the this
is whom they’re reaching and to leave a message and you’ll get back with them. The e-mail
should be a professional e-mail as well. Underneath that you would have an objective or a small
summary based on what is your desire for writing this resume. Your seeking an opportunity in
the field of Electrical Engineering, or you have a desire to move in to Technical Writing.
What is your objective to writing this resume? If you choose not to have an objective you
can then have a summary, which might start highly motivated, highly effective, highly
efficient, professional, or recent college graduate seeking an opportunity in the field
of. And then you might state a couple of statements about highly organized, strongly dependable,
or recognized for being highly organized, excellent communication skills, dependable,
words that describe who you are as a person. Then you would have the word ‘education.’
In each of these subtitles your name, the summary or the objective, and your education
on the first page would be centered in bold, all caps. So you would have your education,
the name of your degree, the name of the college first after the name of the degree. So, Bachelor
of Business, Bachelor of Engineering, or Chemical Engineering. Then you would have your college,
the name of the college, comma, city, state, and the date of graduation. If you have advanced
degrees, if you’ve got your PhD and your Master’s, the most recent experience the most recent
degree would be first. And then you would put your dates. If you want to put in your
education, some of the types of course work that you took, that would be important. If
you’ve written your thesis, what is your thesis? If you’ve had publications then that would
be another subtitle, publications, and the names of those. Any type of professional development
or leadership classes that you’ve had, you can have another subtitle underneath your
education. If you’ve had professional experience, or work experience, you would have that underneath
your education. And then you would start with name of the employer, the city and state,
and the dates on the right. Underneath that would be the internship or the position held.
If it was an internship during college you would put internship, the name of the title,
and brief bullets about what you did based on accomplishment statements, situation, action
result. And then below that you would have your technical skills or computer skills,
and then you might have any special recognition or projects or awards that you might have
gotten in your college degree. Most college degree resumes are one page. Please do not
be afraid to move in to a page and a half or two pages if it requires that. And that’s
how I would suggest you write a college resume.

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