A resume is essential because college admissions recruiters and employers may want to see a summary of your abilities and education thus far.
Your Name, address, telephone number, and email should all go at the top of your resume. Do not use an unprofessional email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
1212 West Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29732
An objective identifies your main goal. State what kind of job or internship you desire or role in college.
“To earn a degree in Political Science” or “To obtain an internship in a law firm.”
Education / Academics
List your high school only, unless you have taken college courses. Be sure to include your GPA if it is a 3.0 or higher.
The experience section should describe your job history and briefly give an overview of work experience that has taught you valuable skills. Be sure to use action words to describe your job duties (sold, created, processed, etc…)
You can also use class projects in which you have learned important skills.
*If you do not have work experience leave this section out.
This section should be used to place key elements of your background that do not fit in any other section. You may want to include participation in sports, band, yearbook, etc…Community service or volunteer experiences may also be included here.
Be sure to ask people if they would serve as your reference BEFORE you give out their names. You do not have to include your reference information on your resume. A statement at the bottom of your resume that says, “References available upon request,” is sufficient.
Your resume represents your skills and provides a first impression of yourself to a potential employer. Therefore, one mistake on your resume can reflect poorly and decrease your chances of receiving an interview.
Poor spelling/grammar — Yes, spell-check helps, but don't solely depend on it. Have your friends read through your resume and specifically look for incorrect spelling and grammar. This will save you the embarrassment of having an employer point it out to you.
Lying about your experience — Although your resume is meant to be used as a tool to sell yourself, it does not mean you should fib about your experiences. Exaggerating is the same as lying. Although it may get you the interview, it won't get you through the interview!
Common Resume Mistakes
Providing too much information — A good rule of thumb is to keep your resume to one page. Remember, you can also use your cover letter to sell yourself.
Improper formats/paper — A resume is a professional document. Simple formats allow recruiters to easily scan your resume. Also, don't use bright paper or stationary. This will only distract recruiters from what's important on your resume — your skills.
Keep these tips in mind when creating your resume and you'll be on the right track to landing the interview you want.