When applying for a job, scholarship, internship or academic program, you typically will be required to submit a resume. This one-page document should emphasize your strengths, aspirations and past experiences. A resume for a college freshman should include educational and work history, awards, accomplishments and other relevant skills. Remember that the resume represents you and therefore should be professional, clear and meaningful in its format and content.
Naturally, as a college student, your resume needs to include a section dedicated to your educational experience. This section can include accomplishments, fellowships, study abroad programs and research you have helped with dating as far back as your junior year of high school. Also, if you have a GPA higher than 3.0, note it in the education portion of the resume. In terms of the format, you should list the years and institutions associated with each item you list.
An essential part of any resume is the employment category. In this section you should note all forms of employment you have held, both paid and unpaid, including internships, volunteer work, work-study programs and traditional jobs. The College Board advises students to "list the dates you held each position and your job title and briefly describe your most important duties." When describing the responsibilities for your employment, try to show a variety of duties related to each position.
Awards and Honors
Including a segment for awards and honors shows readers you have a track record of accomplishments that has been acknowledged by others. By showing successes from your past, you are implying impending successes in your future. The awards section can include competitions such as sports, debates and contests. It also can include the honor of having been selected for inclusion in a program such as the model U.N. or student-government positions. Depending on your major, this portion of the resume also can include publications or exhibitions of work you have produced.
Depending on the resume's intended audience, you may wish to incorporate a section dedicated to relevant skills. For example, if you are applying for an internship in Peru, you can write that you are fluent in conversational Spanish. Relevant skills for a resume should directly support your candidacy for the program or job for which you are applying. Skills can include foreign languages, computer program proficiency and other abilities such as blogging, building machines or playing an instrument.
Before submitting a resume, review the document carefully to make certain it is free of errors. Correct any mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar, while also making certain that the overall document is consistent in format. Keep the sentences and descriptions concise and employ verbs that communicate your specific contributions and responsibilities. Also, make certain that the resume includes your proper address, email and telephone number so the institution or program can contact you easily.
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