Entry Level Student Resumé: How to Highlight Your Skills

I don’t have any work experience, what shall I include in my resumé? How do I highlight my skills?

Well, you are not the only person who is trying to find the answers to the above questions. Over past few years, I had read several books on resumé make-overs and on how to highlight your academic experience in the resumé to get that job interview. 

I know it’s tough to get your resumé fit for the position you are applying.

Resumé writing is an evolving process. It keeps on changing over the time. To get started, you must find the suitable resumé template for you, to address your preferences, and start working on its contents.

While in school, I worked on my resumé almost daily, making small changes here and there, just to keep everything better.

There is no magic behind writing a perfect resumé the first time. You really have to invest lots of time and effort in preparing your first resumé.

I actually enjoyed the resumé preparation process, learned many from it, so I’m sharing some tips to you now.

Resumé: Objective or Professional Summary

For entry-level students, listing your accomplishments would be a great way to start, instead of including Objectives.

Most resumé objectives state what students want rather than what they can provide to an organization.

Watch the following video, it will explain a few things on what qualities to highlight in your resumé as an entry level student.

As you can see in the video, try to write down all notable experiences you had in your college or university that you can use to showcase your skills set.

For example, you might have worked as part of a 4-member team that prepared a research presentation. That experience can be included to highlight your team work skills.

  • Presented a paper on wireless communication as part of a 4 member team.
  • Led a team of 4 in designing and implementing a mechanical design project.

In a sheet of paper, list all the experiences that you can categorize as work-related competencies like team work, communication skills, deadline oriented work, etc., and frame detailed yet concise sentences and include them in the project description.

Next – Ask these 28 questions before writing your resumé.

6 Comments

  1. M farhan saif on September 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Great tips HSB! 
    @2dc2e2cba0b2446e8c2a04a8b866f402:disqus you need to have a resume chronological order resume. but remember you need to include The layout of job
    listings and experience should be simple and easy to scan over at a glance.
    In fact, making one just for this reason is a good idea because in general
    that is usually what happens. Employers get so many applications and looking
    through them can be time consuming. Making yours stand out just with a glance
    is important in getting that employers attention. Choose a font that is
    pleasing and easy on the eyes.

    And for rest I suggest this Resume Builder

  2. Michael Gomes on July 19, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    Hi HSB,
    I can’t watch the video in this page. Please provide me with a download link so that I can watch it offline.

    Michael

  3. HSB on August 18, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Reena, thanks for your comment. Trying to fix the contact form.

  4. student resume on May 22, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    great resume tips article for students, good video as well.

  5. Swetha Baiju on May 7, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    HELLO ! I AM A B.TECH BIOTECH STUDENT AND I M PLANNING TO PERSUE MY HIGHER STUDIES (MASTERS DEGREE) IN THE U.S . I NEED TO WRITE A RESUME TO THE PROFESSOR IN ORDER TO GET AN ADMISSION IN THE UNIVERSITY . WHAT KIND OF A RESUME CAN I WRITE TO WIN THE IMPRESSION OF THE PROFESSOR AND TO GET THE ADMIT IN THAT UNIVERSITY ?

    • SABAREESH on October 21, 2010 at 6:13 AM

      I want an objective such that i give interest in my research and masters

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