Guest Post by Haley Grey on Resume Tips for College Students With No Experience.

I spend a lot of my time reading resumes.  Since I manage a team of 10 college co-ops and Interns, I am almost constantly hiring to keep all of the positions filled.

It can be quite trying, and taxing to figure out what someone is like, what they are looking for, and whether I should interview them, based on their resume.  I’m sure that it’s equally difficult to figure out what you should put on your resume to get you noticed.

I can only answer for myself, and what I notice, but I am happy to tell you what I notice.  Anything you can do to make your resume easier to read, and give me a better picture of who you are, improves your chances of getting noticed.

Resume Tips for College Students With No Experience

  • Make sure that your Graduation Date is on the Resume.  
  • Include what type of positions you are looking for- and when.  Are you looking for a 3 month Internship, or a full time job?  Are you willing to consider longer internships?  If so, please include that information.
  • Include your hobbies, and clubs, especially any leadership positions that you have held in those clubs or organizations.
  • DO include major projects you have worked on in school, but do not include every class you have taken.
  • If you have earned awards for your clubs, organizations, school, or other community involvement, please include that information.  I’m looking for people who have gone above and beyond the basics.

In short, include what you’ve done, but make sure that all of the pertinent information is present (name, address, phone number, email address).

Also make sure that you list all of your accomplishments, so that we can see that you’re a well-rounded individual.

In the USA, we frequently prefer candidates who are more well-rounded and who show leadership skills over perfect grades.

If you don’t have work experience, highlight your accomplishments in your resume.

I hope that these resume tips help you with putting together a resume that will get you noticed.

What are your Resume Tips for getting noticed?

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  1. Leroy McKane on January 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Thank you so much. I had no idea how to make a resume haha.

  2. abhinav on January 5, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Is it mandatory that the personal information should not be mentioned in his/her resume.And may i know what other’s are mandatory ?

    • Gunnar Fox on January 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      I can tell you that the type of material that appears in an American resume, and the tone of the resume, is different than what I typically see in India. In America there is also the cultural (and legal) concept that certain information is not anyone’s business, whereas in Asia this same information is often expected to be divulged without question.

      My advice would be to seek out examples of U.S. resumes. After you read about ten of them in your field you will start to get a good feel for how a resume should read for the American market. Google is your friend here. I am sure you can suss them out.

      There are also relatively economical resume review and formatting specialists available at Elance and through similar resources. Obtaining a review of your resume could be money well spent.

      Finally, I suggest that you consider maintaining a LinkedIn profile as a way to keep your resume information updated.

    • Haley Gray on January 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      I would suggest that you should put personal information like name, address, phone number, email address, and contact information on your resume. Other than that, don’t list things like religion, marital status, or age on your resume. — At least in the USA. It’s a different culture, and we have very strict laws about discrimination, based on age, religion, national origin, sexual identity, etc. So, if you put that information on your resume, it becomes more difficult to cry foul.

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