Are you about to graduate from college? Or are you a recent graduate? If so, you'll need a good resume if you're looking for a job.
Resume writing is an art, with a template for every situation. The following college resume template lists the types of information you should include in your resume.
Name and Contact Information
The first section of your resume, which is often centered on the page, includes your first and last name, address, telephone/cell number, and email address. Highlight your name so it's prominent.
Please note: If you are applying for a job, it's probably time to take the background music and the funny message off your answering machine. Keep the message simple and your voice mature.
Objective or Personal Summary
This is where you state the type of job you want. If you're applying for many jobs, don't forget to alter your Objective or Personal Summary to match the job you're applying for.
For example, if you're applying for a customer service job, you don't want your objective to say you are looking for a job in customer sales simple advice we know, but we've seen some resumes where it's obvious the candidate has either sent us his standard resume or the wrong one in error!
It's up to you how much information you put in your Objective or Personal Summary. Opinions differ among recruiters. Some prefer a single line, stating the job you want or the industry you're looking to work in, as in the example college resume template below. Others prefer a more detailed description of yourself and your aims.
If you prefer the latter (as we do), take a look at these alternative resume objective examples. If nothing else, you'll stand out among the competition if you say more when other say less! There's also an entry level resume template here which you may find useful.
Include the college you attend or graduated from, the dates of attendance and your degree and major. Add any honors or awards you received and significant extra-curricular activities.
If you've attended more than one college, include the same information for each.
Most candidates also include their high school and GPA.
This section of your resume covers your work history. It's fine to include internships, summer jobs, and volunteer work.
Starting with the most recent, write down each company or organization with its city and state. For each, include the dates you worked, the positions you held, and a bulleted list of three to five of your major responsibilities/achievements.
Include skills that are relevant to the job you're applying for. For example, if your objective is to find a job in community organizing, mention that you got neighborhood kids together to build a community garden. If you're applying for a job in eco-tourism, don't forget to include that you kayaked down the Amazon during your junior year.
Always include computer and language skills, including level of expertise if appropriate.
City, State Zip Code
Entry-level position in environmental education
B.A. Environmental Science, Amherst University, Amherst Ohio, 2008
Intern, Environmental Services, Inc. Amherst, Ohio, spring 2008
Postal clerk, U.S. Postal Service, Blaydon Springs, Ohio, summers 2006 & 2007
Volunteer counselor, Amherst Summer Youth Program, summer 2005
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese
Certified in First Aid and CPR
This college resume template is just a guide - the contents are up to you. Replace the content with your own information to create your personal resume.
If you're looking for more college resume template examples, take a look at Michael's college resume template.
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In addition to our college resume template, we have many others. You can find our other resume templates here.